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A Brush with Kindness


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Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County

5320 Hwy 49N #7
PO Box 1420
Mariposa, CA 95338


Email: info@mariposahabitat.org www.MariposaHabitat.org

Office Hours: 9am - Noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays

ABWK began in the United States in 1999 as a neighborhood revitalization program of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis, MN. During the past several years it has expanded to affiliates across the country.  The ABWK initiative complements the core new home building program by helping low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities repair and preserve homes they already own and occupy. Homeowners who receive assistance through the ABWK program must:


*  Have a demonstrated need

*  Meet income requirements

*  Be willing to partner in the project

*  Complete an application

*  Repay a 0% interest loan for the costs incurred by Habitat
A typical Habitat project is short term. A group of volunteers works alongside the partner family to complete the work. HFH uses donated materials, if available, and makes no profit for its services. The following are examples of ABWK projects.

*  Exterior scraping, caulking and painting

*  Window and screen repair

*  Porch, step, railings and ramp repair

*  Door repair and replacement

*  Non routine landscaping (pruning, trimming, weeding, etc.)

*  Yard cleanup, brush and junk removal

*  Minor interior floor, baseboard, wall and plumbing repairs.
During 2011 we completed the first Mariposa ABWK project for a single parent with four teenage children. The work consisted of (1) building a safety railing around the back door porch, (2) repair of electrical connections to a water heater, (3) bath tub drain repair, (4) minor sealing along a roof-chimney interface, (5) interior floor and base-board repairs.
Repairs to a 40+ year old mobile home for a low-income senior with physical disabilities were completed in the first quarter of 2012. The team completed general scrub and tree pruning efforts, a yard cleanup, and replacement of a broken fence.
A similar mobile home repair project to replace/repair doors for a low-income senior is being planned.  Other projects are in the planning stages and Habitat hopes to work on joint projects with DRAIL (Disability Resources Agency for Independent Living) and churches of the area.




Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is offering low-income families or individuals, the elderly, and persons with disabilities an opportunity to participate in a new housing preservation program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK).

A Brush with Kindness is a locally-operated program serving low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. The program is a holistic approach to providing affordable housing and assisting communities as well as families.

How we do it

  • Groups of volunteers help homeowners with exterior maintenance. This typically includes painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping, weatherization and exterior clean-up.A Brush with Kindness
  • Habitat selects partner families based on income, need and willingness to partner.
  • In addition to volunteers, Habitat uses donated materials and takes no profit for their services.
  • Payments made by the homeowners are placed in a revolving fund to help A Brush with Kindness serve others in need.

Why it matters

A Brush with Kindness ensures that families live in safe and well-maintained homes. The program is designed to revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, encourage connections within the community, and most importantly, help preserve affordable housing stock.

For more information, please contact our office at 209-966-7444