Where: 202 Palm Court, Delray Beach 561—578-2731; firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 7:30 a.m.-noon painting; 4-5:30 p.m. planting
FRIDAY, THE 13TH IS A LUCKY DAY FOR THE ARC’S DELRAY GROUP HOME
On Friday, May 13, teams of volunteers from across the county will converge at the Sipporta Residence, operated by The Arc of Palm Beach County, for a local rendition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! No celebrities, no fanfare, just an outpouring of the kind of volunteer spirit that has long made our country great. The Sipporta Residence has been home to its 8 residents since 1986.
Keller Williams For Immediate Release: May 11, 2011 Contact: Kim Hanson, Advancement Director
Realty, Palm Beach Central in the Greenacres/Lake Worth office annually sponsors a RED day (Renew, Energize, Donate) in mid-May. The Palm Beach Central office first adopted The Arc last year, with the makeover of the Poney Martin residence in Palm Springs. The interaction was such a happy one that Greenacres/Lake Worth office volunteers have signed up for The Arc’s Delray home this year.
Meanwhile, last fall, the Ocean Ridge Garden Club voted to work with the residence on their landscaping needs. Volunteers from the club met with residents last month to work with them to plan
their new “look.” “We don’t want bees, but we love bright colors, especially red,” the residents explained. A landscape plan then came into being.
Last Friday, Brickman Group of Palm Beach Gardens donated the plants and trees that will provide shade and beauty for the residents and neighbors in the Lake Ida Historic District where the home is located.
Winding up the day, students from the Benjamin School of North Palm Beach will arrive in the afternoon to dig, plant and mulch with members of the Garden Club, all under the supervision of four senior landscapers from Brickman who will teach as they guide the process.
The Solid Waste Authority’s Paint Your Heart Out program is sponsoring the painting, lending their expertise and materials to the Keller Williams team. Lastly, the makeover began earlier this spring when the Pugliese Company of Delray Beach donated repair and expansion of the driveway to accommodate wheelchair lift vans that had been too wide to safely access the residence until now.
From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., when the volunteers and residents will enjoy a barbeque together, The Arc’s Sipporta Residence will be the locus for “what is not unlike an old-fashioned barn-raising,” smiles Arc Executive Director Michael Papa. The Arc supports thirteen programs throughout the whole of Palm Beach County. Its mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through services, education, and advocacy.