Mark McGriff, on left, with the Sequim Worship Center, and Al Bierlink with Sequim Community Church, help paint a classroom at Olympic Peninsula Academy’s new portables as part of Sequim Beautiful Day, a community effort to provide service. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Mark McGriff, on left, with the Sequim Worship Center, and Al Bierlink with Sequim Community Church, help paint a classroom at Olympic Peninsula Academy’s new portables as part of Sequim Beautiful Day, a community effort to provide service. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Schools, businesses, homes see another Sequim Beautiful Day

Volunteers turned out in full force for Saturday’s third annual Sequim Beautiful Day effort.

Organizers estimate more than 100 volunteers from seven churches, businesses and community groups came out to help with projects across the city of Sequim ranging from painting to landscaping to general maintenance at local schools and nonprofits.

“I’m speechless at the turnout,” said homeowner Laraine Claire.

Community members banded together to paint the interior of her home on the corner of Spruce Street and Fourth Avenue, clean her yard, install a dog pen, create a prayer/meditation garden, and plant new trees on April 27. It’s all in preparation for her house to ope n up this summer as a new home for women and families, specifically single mothers and grandmothers and their children/grandchildren, facing homelessness, crisis or trauma.

New nonprofit ORCA, Our Community Resiliency Alliance, will lease her home under the name Summit House, to offer “wrap-around services” such as counseling, job training and more for families.

Claire’s home will become available to accepted women for up to two years, said ORCA Executive Director Manny Aybar, but they could transition sooner with necessary skills.

Claire said her home is a former parsonage for Sequim Bible Church dating back to the 1940s and Sequim Beautiful Day volunteers painted some parts of the home for the first time in many years.

A particularly important part of the project for Claire was that volunteers planted a tree for her grandson Isaac Stromberg whom Claire took custody of while her daughter received addiction treatment over the years.

More efforts

Along with Summit House, volunteers could be seen across Sequim working at projects, including the Rally in the Alley where community members could dump unwanted items in partnership between the City of Sequim and Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County.

Volunteers also helped paint and/or clean up at Olympic Peninsula Academy’s new portables, Helen Haller Elementary, Sequim High School and the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop on Bell Street.

Nancy McGovern, president of the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild, said the fresh paint and landscaping was definitely welcomed.

“After years of giving to the community, it’s moving that the community has given back to us,” she said.

One of the many volunteers painting there included Sequim Beautiful Day first-timer Rhonda Butler with Sequim Community Church who said, “It’s great to be part of a community and give back.”

The fourth Sequim Beautiful Day is set for April 18, 2020. Learn more by visiting https://sequimbeautifulday.org/.

For more information on Our Resilient Community Alliance, visit www.OlympicORCA.org.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

Helping beautify a home near downtown Sequim — one of several 2019 Beautiful Day projects throughout Sequim on April 27 — are, from left, Cassidy Crecelius, Krista Baker, Ashton Shores, Gabe Wakefield and Brittany Van Ness. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Helping beautify a home near downtown Sequim — one of several 2019 Beautiful Day projects throughout Sequim on April 27 — are, from left, Cassidy Crecelius, Krista Baker, Ashton Shores, Gabe Wakefield and Brittany Van Ness. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Brooks Peterson works outside a home near downtown Sequim that volunteers helped clean up, one of several 2019 Beautiful Day projects throughout Sequim on April 27. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Brooks Peterson works outside a home near downtown Sequim that volunteers helped clean up, one of several 2019 Beautiful Day projects throughout Sequim on April 27. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Manny Aybar walks into a home at Fourth Avenue and Spruce Street that volunteers help clean up, one of several 2019 Beautiful Day projects throughout Sequim on April 27. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Manny Aybar walks into a home at Fourth Avenue and Spruce Street that volunteers help clean up, one of several 2019 Beautiful Day projects throughout Sequim on April 27. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Harry Damian with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sequim paints behind a fridge in a home on April 27 as part of Sequim Beautiful Day. Damian said his wife Eileen recruited him to help with the project that will help women and families facing crisis and trauma. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Harry Damian with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sequim paints behind a fridge in a home on April 27 as part of Sequim Beautiful Day. Damian said his wife Eileen recruited him to help with the project that will help women and families facing crisis and trauma. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Julie McCrorie with Sequim Community Church paints the exterior of the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild during the Sequim Beautiful Day volunteer effort.

Julie McCrorie with Sequim Community Church paints the exterior of the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild during the Sequim Beautiful Day volunteer effort.

Jennifer and Charles Cox with Sequim Community Church help paint a classroom at the Olympic Peninsula Academy on April 27 for Sequim Beautiful Day.

Jennifer and Charles Cox with Sequim Community Church help paint a classroom at the Olympic Peninsula Academy on April 27 for Sequim Beautiful Day.

Garry Kispert, right, and David Lyon, both with Sequim Community Church, dig out weeds at the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop for Sequim Beautiful Day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Garry Kispert, right, and David Lyon, both with Sequim Community Church, dig out weeds at the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop for Sequim Beautiful Day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Michele Remetta, in front, and Rhonda Butler with Sequim Community Church paint a fence at the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop for Sequim Beautiful Day. They said it was their first time helping with the community project.

Michele Remetta, in front, and Rhonda Butler with Sequim Community Church paint a fence at the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop for Sequim Beautiful Day. They said it was their first time helping with the community project.

From left, volunteers Manny Aybar, executive director of ORCA, Our Community Resiliency Alliance, Krista Baker, Keith Sandell, youth pastor for Sequim Community Church, Cassidy Crecelius and Brittany Van Ness stand together after completing a prayer garden at the future home of ORCA’s site for women and families facing crisis and trauma. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

From left, volunteers Manny Aybar, executive director of ORCA, Our Community Resiliency Alliance, Krista Baker, Keith Sandell, youth pastor for Sequim Community Church, Cassidy Crecelius and Brittany Van Ness stand together after completing a prayer garden at the future home of ORCA’s site for women and families facing crisis and trauma. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Associate Pastor Rick Dietzman for Sequim Community Church takes a photo of Bob McGovern and Joyce Dennis near the recently completed dog pen at Laraine Claire’s home. Her house will soon house women and families facing trauma and crisis for the nonprofit ORCA, Our Community Resiliency Alliance. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Associate Pastor Rick Dietzman for Sequim Community Church takes a photo of Bob McGovern and Joyce Dennis near the recently completed dog pen at Laraine Claire’s home. Her house will soon house women and families facing trauma and crisis for the nonprofit ORCA, Our Community Resiliency Alliance. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Daniel Ogles of D&A Maintenance places bark around a new tree in the backyard during Sequim Beautiful Day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Daniel Ogles of D&A Maintenance places bark around a new tree in the backyard during Sequim Beautiful Day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Isaac Stromberg stands by a tree that volunteers planted in his honor at his grandmother’s house. The home will soon house women and families facing trauma and crisis. Photo courtesy of Laraine Claire

Isaac Stromberg stands by a tree that volunteers planted in his honor at his grandmother’s house. The home will soon house women and families facing trauma and crisis. Photo courtesy of Laraine Claire

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