With hammers and paint brushes in hand, 10 staff members from Ross Medical Education Center in Flint participated in the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush with Kindness” program on Saturday, July 30. “A Brush with Kindness” provides services such as painting, landscaping, weather stripping and minor repair services for low-income homeowners in need.
Ross worked on the home of Ms. Verna Cowell, a resident of the Grand Traverse neighborhood. Ms. Cowell has lived in the home since she was 9 months old. The group built a new deck and completed painting on the exterior of the house.
“This is the most rewarding thing I’ve done,” said Vanessa Wernette, admissions representative. “The home owner was so thankful. We were happy to do it.”
The Flint campus regularly participates in fundraising efforts to benefit Flint residents in need. This year, the Flint campus collected 125 cell phones for Hope Phones, an organization that supplies cell phones to medical workers in developing countries. In 2010, students and staff penned nearly 400 letters of thanks and appreciation to active and retired military service personnel for the organization, A Million Thanks. Other activities include frequent food and blood drives to benefit the community.