Who We Are and What We Do
The mission of Hearts & Hammers –Twin Cities is to provide exterior home improvement assistance for senior and disabled homeowners so that they may continue living independently.
This is accomplished by organizing teams of volunteers and providing them with the necessary leadership, expertise, resources, and materials. A typical Hearts & Hammers home requires significant exterior painting, moderate carpentry, and landscaping to restore the weatherproofing, security, and overall appearance of the home. Assistance is provided at no cost to homeowners and is completed on Program Days held twice yearly. Program Days represent the culmination of multiple activities, including home selection; Team Captain training; needs assessment; materials and resource coordination; volunteer registration; and site preparation.
Labor for Program Days is provided by teams of volunteers from Twin Cities-area businesses, professional associations, and churches. An average team consists of fifty volunteers from up to three different organizations. Hearts & Hammers recommends that volunteering organizations make monetary or other contributions to help cover the costs associated with rehabilitating their home on Program Day. In return, Hearts & Hammers provides teams with materials and supplies, including ladders, scrapers, paint, pails, brushes, etc. Dumpsters, portable restrooms, and boom lifts (if necessary) are also provided by Hearts & Hammers for each site.
In the 1980s, returned Peace Corps volunteer architect Bob Walker and the Dallas chapter of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers sought to create a social activity that would allow them to utilize their experience for the benefit of the community. They began by refurbishing an elderly minister’s home. The following year nine homes were refurbished and Hearts & Hammers – Dallas was born. Mr. Walker recognized the overwhelming need for home rehab among people that had the most difficult time affording and/or performing such improvements: the elderly, disabled and those immediately above or below the poverty level.
Since its founding in 1987, Hearts & Hammers – Dallas has rehabbed over 1,200 homes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The organization is now more than 3,000 volunteers strong and continues to prosper in Texas. The Dallas-Ft. Worth chapter has received national and regional recognition for its efforts.
Following his relocation to the Twin Cities, Mr. Walker created the second chapter of Hearts & Hammers. Since its creation in 1997, Hearts & Hammers – Twin Cities has rehabbed over 300 homes. In 2013, the organization will coordinate approximately 1,000 volunteers from more than 40 different organizations to refurbish 40 homes throughout the Twin Cities.
Hearts & Hammers – Twin Cities, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which is governed by its volunteer Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
CHARLES CHAMPION | Final Coat Painting
TERRY COLEMAN | Kraus-Anderson Construction
AMBER KOEHLER | Target Corporation
ELLING OLSON | Sambatek
JACKIE PECHA | RSP Architects
TERRY SHIDLA | CISSP
ERIC STENDAHL | CHAIR | Sage Homes
KARL WEISSENBORN | VICE CHAIR | SEH Inc
MIKE HUTSON | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MELANIE MCCORMICK | OPERATIONS MANAGER
CLAUDIA BOYSEN | EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
BRUCE ENGELSMA | Kraus-Anderson Construction
TOM ENLOW – Enlow Companies
C.R. HACKWORTHY | Anchor Real Estate Group
ROBERT HUBER | Stinson Leonard Street
JIM MALECHA | Egan Company
MIKE MOORE | The Standard
TOM ZESSMAN | US BANK
MIKE FENNER | Target Corporation