We were asked to provide fencing for the outdoor space, along with new entry gates for ADA accessibility. As part of our ongoing Rick’s Community Support Drive, an outreach program that connects us with local non-profits providing community support, we were able to donate over $16,000 worth of fencing materials and labor.
The fencing might seem like a small component in such a large build, but it addresses a need that many might not think of for this type of facility. “Having an inviting exterior space completely changes the dynamic, and the connection in trauma-informed design between outside and inside brings the entire center together,” says Brendan. “Having a beautiful entry into a courtyard space where they can feel this welcoming sense before entering really improves accessibility for the youth we serve.”
When Taylor Pawley, our Community Support Drive Director, heard about the need and the mission of HomePlate, she jumped at the opportunity to help. “We’ve tried to do a lot to partner with organizations helping to prevent homelessness, but there is also a greater need to help those currently experiencing it. The idea that Washington County has so many young people in need right now is heartbreaking.”