OGDEN — Everything felt brighter to Pam Hachmeister.
A new ceiling fan rotated air around her apartment as she looked over the fresh coat of paint and updated light fixtures. A leak in the ceiling had also been fixed.
“It’s just great. I’m thankful, I am just so thankful to them you know … to everyone here,” Hachmeister said.
A client of the permanent supportive housing at Your Community Connection Family Crisis Center in Ogden, Hachmeister’s apartment was one of nine renovated Friday, May 12, as part of an annual service project by local construction company Wadman Corporation.
More than 120 volunteers, including Wadman employees and subcontractors, replaced flooring, lighting, plumbing and more with an estimated $80,000 in donated materials, said Tyler Hollon, a business development specialist at Wadman.
“We’re fixing up any other little incidental things that need to be wrapped up or taken care of,” he said.
Built in the 1950s, this isn’t the first time apartments have needed a tuneup. They were first renovated by Wadman nine years ago.
The day’s work saved the YCC a year’s effort and money they couldn’t spare, according to YCC executive director Julee Smith.
“What’s a drop in the bucket for some people is a landmine for us,” she said, “There’s no way we would have been able to swing this on our own and so when these guys step up like this, they’re our heroes.”
The YCC provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and homelessness. Many of the clients who come to the center have been diagnosed with a physical or mental illness, or substance abuse, said YCC housing case manager Jessica Hancock.
“We actually have some clients here that have been homeless for up to 15 years,” Hancock said.
Clients were expected back at 6 p.m., but the work had taken longer than expected. At close to 6:30 p.m., volunteers sporting black and green Wadman shirts rushed between apartments, sweeping, picking up saws and leftover pieces of laminate flooring, and moving bags and boxes of belongings back inside.
Hancock stood in Hachmeister’s living room as she yelled from the kitchen. “The water’s working great! Did you see this?”
Hancock moved into the kitchen and the pair took turns trying out the new extending sink faucet.
Giving women and families in crisis a safe space to rebuild their lives is an important part to the YCC mission, Smith said.
“You just don’t know what that means to them, to come home to a nice place. It makes all the difference,” she said.