Day of Caring 2010: The Barr Family

The Charter Homes & Neighborhoods team recently completed our annual Day of Caring community outreach day. This year, we helped the Barr Family of Ephrata.

Kelly & Duane Barr were volunteers with COBYS Family Services, an adoption and foster care services. The Barr family has grown since the two were approved as resource parents in November 1998. Today, the couple has adopted three children: Anthony, age 15, Nicholas, age 13, and Zebulun, age 6. All three boys started out as foster children. After all three could not be returned to the care of birth parents, they were all adopted by Duane & Kelly. The Barr family would like to continue to provide respite care for children in the foster care system, but were quite simply out of space in their home. That is where Charter Homes stepped in to help!

The Barrs were out of space to help more children and wanted to turn the basement into an extra bedroom and small family room. Before, they used the basement for storage. Using the dumpster and storage pod provided by Charter Homes, Kelly & Duane started the process of going through everything in their basement -they tossed what they did not need any more and found storage space outside of the basement for the rest.

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The Barr's Basement before the renovation!

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The Charter Team started the day by framing the basement.

Because of the extremely generous donations from Charter’s vendors and trade partners, we were able to do more than finish the basement. We were able to give the kitchen a face lift!

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This is the "before" picture of the Barr Family Kitchen

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The Charter team ripped out the old cabinets and appliances.

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All the flooring was ripped out, too.

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While the kitchen was underway, we also worked to renovate the powder room.

Outside the home, work was also underway.

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Painting the new doors. Doors & trim were donated by B&B.

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Our team is a happy bunch!

Soon, the Charter Homes “Landscape Crew” arrived and pulled out all the shrubbery in the front yard. As you can see, Charter Homes President Rob Bowman had lots of fun removing a tree stump!

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Rob uses a chain saw to remove the tree stump.

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Laying down mulch outside the Barr Family

Charter was able to do so much because our trade partners and vendors gave so much. We estimate their donations at more than $20,000. A very special “thank you” goes to B&B Trim, Benfield Electric, Capitol City Counters, Dunn’s Floor Coverings, Duron Paints & Wallcoverings, Goods Disposal Service, Haller Enterprises, Lezzer Lumber, McElderry Drywall, Progress Lighting, Rexel Electrical & Data Supplies, Stock Building Supply, Whirlpool, DDS Painting, American Hungerford and Yorktowne Cabinetry.

Check out more photos in our Day of Caring Slideshow!