This summer we purchased a used van. The van has provided transportation to appointments, outings, and trips to the store.
The house had drainage problems that resulted in water in the basement. Water was diverted by digging up and replacing the old drainage system. New roof and gutters with leaf filters were installed. I’m happy to report that problem has been resolved!
Additional bedrooms are being added to the north end of the duplex. This will increase our ability to house up to 4 additional men.
The big project this fall has been converting the garage into a space the guys can be together and hang out. They play pool and other card games. Insulation and paneling was added to the walls and ceiling. A new insulated garage door was installed. Yet to be finished is installing natural gas heating in the garage.
There are many layers to operating a house such as Dann’s House. With every new resident that is added to the house there is an adjustment period. Each guy brings new challenges. Trust is a major factor. These guys have been on the street a long time. They have been used to having personal items stolen. They have been assaulted. Their case workers from NMSH (Northern Michigan Supportive Housing) assist them in dealing with their feelings and working through their issues. Staff, Board members and case workers work together to see each guy succeeds.
This past summer we had 2 deaths at the House- both unexpected. We all grieved. A memorial tree with attached leather tags of the residents that have passed, that previously resided at the house, has been planted.
Dann’s House is more than a roof over their heads…it is a home where they learning to live in community.