Monday, June 18, 2012
Volunteers move construction along on new Ferguson porch
Amid the noise of saws, hammers and drills you can hear the excited voices of the children in our Ferguson home as they watch their new addition become a reality. Construction is well underway on a new screened in porch that will add about 225 square feet to the home. The porch will be a welcome relief from the St. Louis heat, and provide a large, covered play area so the children can enjoy being outside even on rainy days.
The addition was made possible by a grant from the MV7 Fund of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation. The Fund was established in memory of Milton Vaughn in 1998. A St. Louis native, Vaughn was a standout high school athlete who played football for Drake University, Arizona State University, and the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League. Vaughn gave tirelessly of his time and effort to ensure a better future for the youth of his community. MV7 refers to Vaughn’s initials and jersey number, and also stands for “Most Valuable.” The grant from the Foundation is certainly “most valuable” to the foster children of Angels’ Arms.
After a long summer of work, volunteers are about ready to put the finishing touches on the new addition!
Jim Riddle, Riddle Designs, donated plans for the porch and a team of Angels’ Arms maintenance volunteers is carrying out construction. Angels' Arms Volunteer Maintenance Manager Mike Meyer, Marc Robinson, Homefix, and Gene DeVore, Basset Construction, also assisted in the initial setting of the framework. The plywood roof, shingles and deck floor have been completed. The finished ceiling, ceiling fan and light, doors, a coat of stain and screens will provide the finishing touches for the new porch, which will be great for family gatherings and rainy day picnics.
“The screened porch is a great improvement for our Ferguson home and really expands the play area for the foster children living there,” stated Bess Wilfong, Founder and Executive Director of Angels’ Arms. “We appreciate the work of our volunteer construction team. They are braving the heat so our children will have a safe, shaded place to enjoy the summer. And without the MV7 Community Foundation grant, none of this would be possible. This is a huge team effort.”