Ms. Boivin is a single Mom of NINE children, six boys and 3 girls. They range in age from 3 – 17. Two of the children are special needs. Four of them are biologically hers and she has legal custody of the other five who belong to a family member.
They all live in a double wide mobile home that needs extensive work…replacing windows & doors, remodeling the kitchen & bathrooms, walling off the dining room to provide an additional bedroom and numerous other repairs. Ultimately, they will need furniture as well.
Ms. Boivin is very passionate about providing for and taking care of her children. She works full time as a Teacher’s Aid for special needs kids. Obviously, her small salary makes it difficult to provide for the family, much less repair their home. Her goal is to become a certified teacher and has begun taking classes to reach that goal.
Our budget for this project is $16,000.00. We have some great volunteers lined up. One of the churches that will be providing volunteers has pledged $2,000.00. We plan to begin work on February 7th and trust the Lord will provide what we need.
This was a project for all ages….kids 3 – 17. Operation Boivin is complete, praise the Lord!! Through the dedicated effort of many volunteers over the five week period we were able to completely remodel the Boivin home. Literally every square inch of the home was touched. Crystal now has a safe, sanitary and secure home in which to raise the nine children. Many thanks to Chuck Marshall of New Beginnings UMC for coordinating the volunteers for us. We also would like to thank Chris Keel with Upstate Commercial Flooring for donating and installing the beautiful LVT flooring in the home.
Thanks to all who donated time, prayers, furniture and financially to make this transformation possible. During the reveal Crystal kept saying, ” I can’t believe this is my home. I have never had anything this nice before. I was so embarrassed, but now can invite our friends and family over without being ashamed of my living conditions. I can never thank everyone enough.”
Last week was a very productive week thanks to our great volunteers. Many thanks to Chuck Marshall of New Beginnings UMC for coordinating the volunteers for us.
We were able to tear out the kitchen and both bathrooms. The kitchen floor was repaired, and cabinets partially installed. The new wall and closets were framed to convert the dining area into an additional bedroom. For durability reasons, we have decided to install bead board wainscoting in the bedrooms and hall which is well underway. All twelve windows have been replaced. Also, a big shout out to Greg Hill of GWH Electrical for sending his crew to replace the receptacles and switches throughout the home. Labor and materials were donated.
This week we will be finishing the kitchen, working on the bathrooms, installing doors and lots of trim work.
In addition to the repairs, Crystal needs lots of help with furniture. Please let us know if you have any gently used items that you might like to donate. Hers is her wish list:
Large sectional or couch & love seat
Kitchen table & chairs for 10
Pots, pans, bowls, & plates.
3 “L” shaped computer desks
1 king mattress & box springs
2 queen mattresses & box springs
6 twin mattresses
3 bunk beds
Thank you for any and all that you can do.