Allen Whitworth joked that a recent remodeling project at Emmaus Homes was like owning a boat — a decision that is met with happiness when you buy it and sell it.
He saw those similarities when work began and ended on a facelift for Faith House, a residential home on Emmaus’ Marthasville campus.
“The happiest day was when we started it on Feb. 1,” he quipped. “The second-happiest day was when we finished.”
The entire 2 1/2-month project was met with enthusiasm. On Friday, everyone who took part in the remodel — from volunteer contractors to community supporters — were recognized for their participation by Friends of Emmaus.
The nonprofit organization, which raises funds to support the residents and staff at the Marthasville campus, hosted an open house to celebrate the project’s completion. Allen Whitworth, project manager, and Tim Unnerstall, both of Washington, were presented gifts.
The event allowed the volunteers an opportunity to tour the four-level residence built in 1977. It is home to three residents and has room for three more.
Emmaus Homes, which also has a campus in St. Charles, serves adults with developmental disabilities.
Remodeling Faith House was a massive project, one that began Feb. 1 when around 25 volunteers showed up. By that afternoon, the building had been gutted, multiple trailers were full of debris and only the studs remained inside. Thanks to the all-volunteer work force, the fast pace continued.
The updated Faith House now has new kitchen cabinets, new bathrooms, new doors, trim, wiring and flooring. The home is also ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.
The contractors came from the Marthasville and Washington areas and Whitworth said it was easy to find volunteers willing to help.
“I knew it was a great cause,” Whitworth said.
The overall project was estimated to cost around $150,000, according to Gayle Hachman. She served as chairman of the Tannenbaum Auction held in November in Washington where $42,000 was raised for Friends of Emmaus, which was put toward the project.
The rest of the funds were received from in-kind donations, such as labor and supplies, most of which came from contractors from the Marthasville and Washington areas.
The support that has been received has been uplifting,
“It was very emotional,” she said. “Tonight when I walked in, saw the residents settled in, it was emotional because of everything that went into it.”
Indeed, Whitworth said a lot of cooperation went into it
“I will tell you, these are the best contractors in the world,” he said. “They did such good work. It went smooth. I can’t say enough on how nice it turned out.”