MIRACLE MANOR PROVIDES HOMES FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN BATTLING LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES WITH HELP FROM CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS
BrightView team members volunteer their time and expertise to inspire, support and brighten lives in a Southern California community. Photo Credit by Ambrosia Photography
ORANGE, CA, April 11, 2016 – Nearly 100 volunteers from BrightView landscape services company donated their skills, time and resources on Friday, April 8th to transform Miracle Manor, a newly renovated 28,000 square foot 12-unit apartment complex that provides homes to families at risk of homelessness while their child is receiving treatment at CHOC children’s hospital. The team of photographers, video camera men from Ambrosia Event Services documented this amazing day.
Miracle Manor is the newest endeavor from Miracles for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides financial aid, health, wellness and advocacy services to families in Southern California with children battling life threatening illnesses. Thanks to the generosity of community partners such as BrightView, Miracle Manor’s renovations, valued at more than $1 million, are being completed at minimal cost to the organization.
“When I was introduced to the Miracle Manor project, I was instantly inspired and we decided to rally together our teams across the region to support this endeavor” said BrightView Vice President Chuck DeGarmo.
DeGarmo and his Southern California regional teams quickly united to create the exterior design for a colorful, safe and healing landscape. Local BrightView teams then sourced all of the materials and donated their time to provide instillation services.
“Fighting a life-threatening illness requires an immense time commitment and often results in depleted savings or income loss,” said Autumn Strier, CEO of Miracles for Kids. “Thanks to the generosity of community partners like BrightView, Miracle Manor will provide these families with not just housing stability but also convenient access to CHOC children’s hospital and a family-friendly community during their time of need.”
In addition to their pro-bono services, BrightView volunteers completed the final touches on the landscaping and prepared each apartment unit by building furniture, decorating kitchens, cleaning the interior and assembling welcome baskets filled with basic essentials for families moving in at the end of the month. BrightView’s DesignTeam experts also designed a 170ft. mural, depicting a day in the life at Miracle Manor,which teams painted during their volunteer day.
The first five Miracle Manor families moved in this past December, and an additional seven families are now able to move in upon completion this April, bringing Miracle Manor to 100% occupancy.
“At BrightView, we believe it is important to invest in the communities in which we live and work,” said BrightView’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Marketing and Communications Rick Martella. “‘Taking Care of Communities’ is a core component of our brand and something we proudly do every day.”
For BrightView, this project is an extension of a partnership with Miracle for Kids that began in early 2015. The company held a previous volunteer day with over 60 employees last December and also a regional holiday gift drive. BrightView’s employees take pride in being a part of such an inspiring cause. “What’s inspiring to have the opportunity to utilize our skills to support our community,” says DeGarmo, “The work done here at Miracle Manor is humbling to everyone involved and as a company we will continue to lend our expertise across the country to support our local communities.”
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Orange County non-profit Miracles for Kids currently is renovating a multi-unit apartment building that will offer subsidized housing to families with children battling chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Named “Miracle Manor,” the property is an extension of the organization’s commitment to providing financial aid and stability to Orange County’s most at-risk families. Located less than a mile from CHOC Hospital in Orange, Calif., Miracle Manor encompasses 12 spacious two- and three-bedroom units. The extensive remodel includes fresh interior and exterior paint, new flooring, and structural improvements to the individual units, new furniture, and a revamped family-friendly outdoor space. Celebrity interior designer and design psychology expert Kelli Ellis also has joined forces with Miracle Manor as the project’s lead interior designer.
BrightView takes pride in providing consistent, high-quality landscape and snow services with a dependable service commitment. As the nation’s leading landscape services company, BrightView’s more than 22,000 team members design, develop, maintain and enhance thousands of clients’ properties including housing communities, corporate campuses, healthcare facilities, universities, retail establishments, resorts and more. BrightView takes care of its teams, clients and communities while delivering exceptional landscapes that positively impact millions of lives every day.