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metroSCENE: Project Houseworks 31st Annual Brush Up

When: August 15, 2020

Where: Douglas and Sarpy counties

Why: There is a great need in our community to assist low-income senior homeowners with maintaining their homes. By providing no-cost solutions that increase safety and accessibility, seniors can remain safe at home, which allows them to age in place. The annual Brush Up event pairs volunteers who are committed to giving back to the community with senior homeowners who qualify for this free paint service. This event connects the community in more ways than one and has impacted thousands of lives over the past 31 years!

Sponsors: Mammel Foundation, Lozier, Tenaska, Diamond Vogel, Gavilon, 3M, TD Ameritrade, White Castle Roofing, Runza, and CiShirts

Attendance: 435 Volunteers

Amount Raised: $43,075

Mission: The mission of Project Houseworks is to provide low-income senior homeowners with solutions that allow them to stay safely housed in healthy environments by delivering free, professional home repairs and home modifications.

About: Two programs represent Project Houseworks’ core services. Our Home Repair Program allows homeowners to stay in their homes by providing free critical plumbing and electrical repairs, roof and HVAC repairs and replacements, and other renovations requiring immediate attention. Our Home Modification Program allows homeowners with disabilities to remain in their homes by providing free tub-to-shower conversions, installing grab bars, ramps, flooring repair and other modifications that assist disabled homeowners with at-home mobility and safety.

On Saturday, August 15, we celebrated the 31st annual Brush Up event with 30 volunteer teams coming together to paint homes for 24 low-income seniors across Douglas and Sarpy counties. The transformations are incredible, and we are so thankful to everyone who supported the event!

Brush Up is a pillar event in our community that not only greatly benefits the senior homeowners we serve, but also helps to revitalize neighborhoods and brings pride to that area. To date, Brush Up has served 2,929 families in the Omaha metro Area, 83,174 volunteers have applied to participate, and 43,000 gallons of paint and primer have been used. Next year’s paint day is August 21, 2021, and we cannot wait to revive even more homes in our community. modifications.

For more information: If you or someone you know needs your home painted, please call Project Houseworks at (402) 965-9201.