Sherri Kirk, Community liaison, North Sacramento, CA
I’m Sherri Kirk, a community leader through the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation of Del Paso Heights. As a leader in the Del Paso community, I never thought I would be the one to receive such LOVE! In February, I experienced an amazing gift — the real gift of love, from amazing youth from New Canaan, Connecticut. This group of young people came to assist me to repair my home. Not only did they rebuild my home inside and out, but they also rebuilt me.
“Not only did they rebuild my home inside and out, but they also rebuilt me”
Words can’t express how they made me feel — but I can say I feel good again. The world may be critical of young people, but these volunteers went above and beyond to assist me in painting, replacing my flooring, and building me a long-overdue backyard fence. This is Love! SSP is AWESOME, and I am so glad we are connected.
Editor’s Note: During the fall of 2019, we received funding from Wells Fargo Foundation’s NeighborhoodLIFT program to create a home repair program in North Sacramento, where our HQ office is located. After four years of hosting volunteers in nearby Rancho Cordova, we were excited to double our local footprint. Sherri is an integral community liaison, helping SSP build trust and relationships in North Sacramento. In February 2020, we hosted Congregational Church of New Canaan’s Youth Group (100 people!) for an Alternative Break working in both communities in Sacramento. With the leadership of SSP’s Program Managers and the contractors that came with the group, 18 impactful home repairs were completed in one week!