Like a scene from an HGTV home makeover show, a four-room apartment at the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown was transformed from dismal to dazzling in a matter of days.
A small army of PPL and Air Products volunteers swooped in and spent more than 70 hours converting a dreary apartment into a warm and welcoming home for a family of four. Crews worked two evenings and one weekend cleaning the space from top to bottom before painting, dusting, laying down carpets, restocking cupboards and putting the final touches on the apartment. PPL volunteer Barry Thomas even took it upon himself to reupholster kitchen chairs.
Gift card donations totaling more than $500 were put toward purchasing items such as pots and pans, flatware, bed linens and quilts, rugs, toiletries and food.
“This is the thirteenth year that we have been doing this,” said Donna Cruciani, president of PPL’s FUSE employee group and coordinator of the event. “The shelter director and staff were blown away by the apartment transformation. It’s a blessing to be able to help others and I am deeply grateful for the compassion that our volunteers showed.”
That’s not the end of it. PPL employees plan to adopt the family this holiday season and fulfill their wish list.
The Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown is the largest family shelter in the region, providing housing and casework services to homeless families with children.
FUSE is PPL Corporation’s employee group for LGBT employees and allies. Both FUSE and PPL have also supported the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown.