Easter celebrates resurrection and new life, and that’s what NUMAS Haus wants to offer to homeless single mother families in the New Ulm area. Would you like to help us fill some “Easter baskets” with goodies for these moms and their kids? We aren’t talking about candy – we’re talking about things like shampoo and soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, personal hygiene items and small plush toys that children can keep as comfort items.
We will be assembling welcome kits for NUMAS Haus residents at the New Ulm Home and Health Show on Saturday, April 2, from 2 to 6 pm. Stop by and help us fill a tote with goodies, or even better, bring your donations of shampoos, conditioners, and other items to Christ the King Lutheran Church 1515 N. Garden Street by THURSDAY, MARCH 31. Here’s a complete list of the items we need:
No tears shampoo
bath sponge or loofah
And while you’re shopping for these smaller items, keep in mind that NUMAS Haus will need a full supply of kitchen, bath, and bedroom supplies very soon. We’ve registered at Herberger’s! Look for gift registry #3914214 on the Herberger’s website and get ready to shop!
The walls are up and new windows are being installed this week. The house is taking shape! Now we need to furnish it. The plan is to purchase new bedroom furniture designed specifically for institutional use (college dorms, shelters, etc.).
It will cost about $5,000 for the smallest room, $7,500 for the middle sized room, and $9,000 for the largest room. Would your organization like to “adopt a room” to help cover these costs?
We also need items to outfit the kitchen – everything from pots and pans to forks and spoons. Extra long twin sheet sets for the bunk beds, blankets, mattress pads, pillows, bath towels, washcloths … if a household uses it, we need it. Would you consider hosting a “shower” for NUMAS Haus to provide some of these items? The house should be ready to “move in” by June 1. Help us outfit it well!
If you’re good at making lists and selecting durable goods, maybe you’re the person we need to get NUMAS Haus on the gift registry at local stores. This will help other organizations help NUMAS Haus, by providing precise information about the items that are needed. Send an e-mail to volunteer for this important task, and you could be our next Gift Registry Coordinator, an extremely desirable volunteer position!
You can help! As the renovation project at NUMAS Haus reaches the halfway mark, we could use a few helping hands to reduce labor costs.
Saturday, March 12 – Clean and prep for painting
We’ll be wiping down walls and radiators to get rid of the cobwebs that have accumulated, and removing trash and other items from the basement. Bring a shop vac if you have one, rags, and a mask to avoid breathing dust.
Saturday, March 19 – Painting!
Two-person teams (one to cut in, one to roll paint) will paint each room that is ready – all the bedrooms upstairs, the stairwell, and a couple of rooms downstairs. Bring your own favorite paint brush or roller/pan. Primer and paint will be provided.
Go to lotsahelpinghands.org and search for NUMAS Haus to sign up for one or both service opportunities.