WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Kenmore Avenue resident Dawn Manley found out a few weeks ago that her house was going to be painted as part of the second annual “Love Week.”
The weeklong event is sponsored by The Movement Church, which has campuses in Niles, Warren and Hermitage.
“For years, I mean, the whole driveway side was peeling so bad,” Manley said. “We just didn’t have the means to do it. And I’ve slowly been working on it. Scraping it and doing what I can.”
But an army of volunteers showed up, armed with paint sprayers and a desire to help.
“From PNC, Girard Machine, all these places that have been involved. We just want to give back however we can,” The Movement Pastor Andrew Heller said.
Heller is one of the pastors at The Movement Church, and was leading the project at Manley’s house on Friday. They got connected through Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, which had a grant to paint a home for a low-income person.
“Oh, I am so grateful. This has been a long time coming,” Manley said.
“She’s been giving us water and food and just blessing us as we’re here to help her. She’s been great, and she’s so excited about it,” Heller said.
In fact, Manley had nominated a friend to have Love Week volunteers do yard work. But, Manley didn’t now that same friend also nominated her for the paint makeover.
And that army of volunteers can get things done quickly.
“They had this scraped and prepped in no time. And, they’re getting it painted so quickly. It’s amazing to watch them, and I’ve tried to help in every way I can,” Manley said.
As the faded and chipped blue disappeared under the rollers and sprayers, Manley was loving the color.
“Beautiful. Beautiful. It’s wonderful. I told them, they have free rein. I just like brown. I like that cabiny feel with a small house,” Manley said.