M/I Homes Volunteers with Alvis House for the Holidays

This year, the Alvis House was chosen by our corporate office at M/I Homes as the recipient of our holiday gift drive and holiday party. M/I Homes was able to work with the Family and Children’s Program to help create a wonderful holiday experience for the women and their families.  The Family and Children’s Program works to rebuild relationships which have been affected by a parent’s involvement in the criminal justice system.

M/I Homes and the Alvis House

In November, M/I Homes team members set out a Christmas tree in our lobby with stockings, gingerbread houses, ornaments and other fun decorations.  Each ornament contained a few gift ideas for one of the children in the Family and Children’s Program.  Members of our M/I Homes team were encouraged to pick out a child from the tree to bring a gift for.  Some departments went in on gifts together, while other employees and family members individually purchased gifts for a child.

Two weeks prior to our scheduled holiday party, M/I Homes attended one of the Family and Children’s Program Saturday sessions to help children in the program put together picture frames for their moms.  We also had each of the moms create stockings to give their children at the party.  It was a fun experience for all involved!

After collecting over 100 gifts for these families, members of our Employee Activity Committee wrapped each child’s gift, as well as compiled gifts of scarves, jewelry and lotion for the mom’s.   On Saturday, December 19th M/I Homes and the Alvis House hosted their holiday party, complete with a visit from Santa, a catered lunch, cookie decorating, craft making and family memories for years to come!  Each family had the opportunity to meet Santa, and take family photos to put into their picture frame for their moms to keep.  For some families this was the first family photo they had from a Christmas spent together.  The M/I Homes team attended this event, ensuring that each child received their presents from Santa, helped to serve food, decorate cookies and enjoyed interacting with each family. Jackie Haight, the Volunteer and Intern Manager for Alvis House said, “The food was good, Santa and the activities were great, and the generous abundance of gifts for the children and moms was amazing!  Kudos to your M/I Homes team for making this event so special for our families.”

“The families were so appreciative of this time to spend with their families.  You could see how much they appreciated a way to celebrate the holidays with their families! It was truly humbling to be able to be a part of such a memorable day for their families.  That’s what the holidays are all about!” said one of our M/I Homes employees, Emily Smith.

Thank you to the Alvis House for letting us be a part of your holiday cheer program.  Our M/I Homes team truly enjoyed every minute of it!

 

**The mission of Alvis House is to serve individuals and families by providing effective programs and services that foster personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles resulting in safer communities for all.

M/I Homes Volunteers with United Way

Members of the M/I Homes team in Columbus participated in the Columbus Volunteer Challenge on Thursday, September 10th with the United Way of Central Ohio. The Columbus Volunteer challenge has thousands of volunteers from all across Ohio focused on one thing: making a huge impact in our communities!

This year, the Alvis House, a reintegration program, was chosen as the work site for the challenge! Members of our team worked together to stain the fences on multiple homes, and paint the interior of one of their women’s facilities. Both of the sites were early 20th century, Victorian-style homes which really needed a facelift and we were happy to put our painting and staining skills to good use!

During lunch, the M/I Homes team was able to hear the story of one of the women staying in one of the Alvis House homes. Her story was truly moving and her experience with the Alvis House was very uplifting. Arlene Reitter, a staff member with Alvis House, was able to share with the team more about the organization and what the program does for our community. Their mission is to serve individuals and families by providing effective programs and services that foster personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles resulting in safer communities for all. The homes that were worked on are for women who have been part of the criminal justice system, and are looking for a fresh start. The M/I Homes team was told how grateful the Alvis House was for their service, and that freshly painted rooms show their clients that they are valued members of the community who deserve a second chance.

M/I Homes team members were happy to volunteer their time for their local community in Columbus. If you’re interested in learning more about Alvis House, visit their website today.

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