When HomeAid Northern California got a call from SafeQuest to help with repairs to a home for those traumatized by family violence, they jumped into action. HomeAid Builder Captain Richmond American Homes dropped everything to bring their team to the home to see how they could help. SafeQuest asked for help with roof repairs and other critical needs so the home would be habitable.
The Richmond American team recognized the opportunity to provide a home rather than just a house for families making the transition from victim to survivor. In a few weeks, Richmond American trade partners did the major repairs and then the transformation was completed when 70 Richmond American employees showed up for a day to complete a $100,000 makeover including all new furniture, bedding, linens, and a backyard play structure for the children.
For the ribbon-cutting that day, the SafeQuest team invited the Fairfield Mayor and City Council to celebrate. When asked to make a few comments, Sarah, the Purchasing Manager from Richmond American Homes, said it meant so much to her to provide a dignified place for the families to heal. As the ribbon was cut, Sarah told the crowd why this project meant so much to her personally. With tears in her eyes, Sarah told everyone that this was a HomeAid project that connected with her personally.
Sarah went on to say that when her daughter was 8 years old, Sarah was forced to leave her abusive husband and find shelter in a SafeQuest shelter for women and children experiencing domestic violence. For the 3 months we all worked on this HomeAid project together, we all had no idea that Sarah had been impacted personally by the great work of SafeQuest in providing a safe place for her and her daughter. And now she intended to pay it forward. Sarah is also providing counseling and life skills coaching to the women living at the SafeQuest shelter.