Delaware Women’s City Club

The Women’s City Club of Delaware, offers a low cost, warm and safe place for women to live while they get back on their feet. They have been giving a hand-up to women in transition for more than 60 years. NARI members generously contributed time and materials to provide a new kitchen (2016) and warm gathering place for these women to enjoy food and comraderie. The third-floor bath was renovated in 2018 making way for the second-floor bath renovation in 2019.

The Buckeye Ranch

Thanks to the hard work of NARI of Central Ohio volunteers, three window wells and a new sump pump were installed and several drainage issues were addressed and repaired for the Buckeye Ranch in Columbus. The Buckeye Ranch provides help for children and families by offering mental health treatment and alcohol/drug services for children with behavioral or psychological and substance abuse disorders.

Li’l Boo Mansion at the Columbus Zoo

In conjunction with the Boo at the Zoo Event in October, NARI of Central Ohio members donated time, services and materials to construct a not-so-scary, kid-friendly haunted house Li’l Boo Mansion at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The house was designed, built and decorated by NARI volunteers for the Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration.

St. Leo’s

Limited resources hindered The Sisters of St. Francis from doing much needed outside window maintenance on their retirement home in Columbus. When NARI of Central Ohio (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) offered assistance they considered it a gift from God.

The Sisters wrote: “God Will Provide is the motto of our congregation, through your generous efforts we again know the reality of God’s providence in our lives and we are deeply grateful.”

Camp Mary Orten

The Wilderness Discovery Center at Camp Mary Orten started out as a dream of what could be and became a reality of what is. The Central Ohio Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) took an old dilapidated, falling-down cabin and converted it into the exquisite Center of today. Through countless hours of donated services and thousands of dollars of donated products, Camp Mary Orten now has a center where the children will learn about Nature and the valuable lessons it teaches.

Frances Britton Project

The Central Ohio Chapter of NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) rallied together to put in order the works of an unlicensed contractor for a 79- year-old woman, after he abandoned the job and stripped her of $44,000.

This project won Central Ohio NARI National recognition in February of 1993 “the NARI National Community Project Award.”

Make A Wish Foundation

In April of 2000, NARI of Central Ohio (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) learned about a little 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Leukemia. We took a special interest in this one little guy when on his wish list to the Make-A-Wish Foundation he had requested a toolbox. It seems the little guy loves tools. NARI took it from there.

In March 2001 the little guy returned home with his family from Disney World. He was met at the airport by a group of NARI members who presented him with his very own customized Scooby-Doo Express toolbox in the shape of a semi-tractor trailer, which he requested. In addition to raising the funds for the family’s trip and making his toolbox, NARI made this young man an Honorary Member of the local chapter.

The NARI membership is grateful to have played a small part in adding some special memories for our young man and his family.

Unverferth House At OSU

The Central Ohio Chapter of NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) dedicated themselves, their labor, and their materials for the complete renovation of a nine unit apartment building called The Unverferth House. The Unverferth House, at OSU, does now exist for the purpose of providing any family, which faces the medical crisis of heart transplant, far from home, the support services of a home away from home in their time of need.

This project won Central Ohio NARI National recognition in 1991 “the NARI National Community Project Award.”

Montessori Education Center

When an eastside daycare faced closing because they had outgrown their facility, Central Ohio NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) gave them the seed commitment which led to the purchase and complete renovation of a 27,000 square foot building, which now will accommodate over 300 children’s diverse needs.

On June 2, 1994, the completed project offered enrollment to 300 youngsters where only 100 were being served in 1992. The renovation spanned three years and cost over $300,000 in donations from NARI member firms. The permanent plaque in the school’s entrance declares Central Ohio NARI as Champions of Children. We are very proud to be champions!

Neighborhood Pride Project

A kitchen stove fire left a family of 6 with a gutted smoke and fire damaged kitchen for over 1 year. An insurance policy which was recently canceled, a badly damaged electrical system, and no ceiling left in the kitchen of this ranch style home created huge energy bills over the winter. The Central Ohio Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) came to the rescue. The kitchen was renovated and a bathroom which backed up to the kitchen wall where the stove sat was also renovated. NARI also installed a new front door on the home which was in need of repair. For the Hopkins family, their winter would be much warmer and Santa wears a tool belt.

Watts Project

NARI of Central Ohio provided numerous home repairs for a very deserving family of 19 here in Central Ohio. The projects enhance the homes accessibility for their 13 challenged children and will hopefully help make the lives of this family a little easier.”

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