ALPHARETTA, GA | Following a disastrous tornado in December 2021, hundreds of residents in Mayfield and Graves County Kentucky were left without homes or in need of serious home repairs. That’s when BOCCHI and Homes and Hope for Kentucky stepped in to provide relief and hope to grateful families.
Homes and Hope for Kentucky specifically works with lower to middle income families who are often overlooked in these unforeseen disasters. They may not qualify for significant government assistance but also do not have the funds or sufficient insurance to fix the damages from this historic natural and unexpected disaster. The news of the tornado and awareness of the Homes and Hope for Kentucky team quickly drove BOCCHI to action, offering the donation of faucets to homeowners in need.
It was important to BOCCHI that these homeowners have decision making power around the color and style of the faucet they received to make the rebuilding process as empowering as possible. Grateful homeowners gravitated towards the Lesina Faucet with side sprayer, the Maggiore Faucet with Pot Filler and the Belsena Pull-Out Faucet in Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Chrome finishes. In total, BOCCHI donated almost 150 faucets with a retail value of nearly $60,000.
“The devastation that comes in the wake of natural disasters is always heart-wrenching, but to see entire towns wiped out in a matter of minutes just weeks before Christmas really struck a chord with us,” said Dawn Robinson, Director of Marketing and Communications at BOCCHI. “It’s hard to imagine a scarier situation than to lose your entire home, support network, just everything in the middle of winter like that. Rebuilding will be a momentous task and we are grateful to be in a position to help. It is gratifying to be able to be a part of the group that is working to restore homes and a community to the town of Mayfield.”
More than 80 homeowners are currently in the application process for assistance through the Homes and Hope for Kentucky program with 10 homeowners already approved for building new homes and 14 with repair projects underway. The goal is to build one hundred homes over the next two to three years with three to five new homes built each month based on volunteer availability.
Construction of the first three homes kicked off on February 28th. Construction labor is being provided by the Mennonite Disaster Services team volunteers, as well as the Amish construction team from Indiana, Acknowledging Christ Through Service (ACTS). Plumbing and electrical subcontractors licensed in the state of Kentucky will be employed and paid by Homes and Hope for Kentucky. All board members and caseworkers are volunteers working together to assure the success of the recovery program—most are also working other jobs. “I had the pleasure of watching the first seven homeowners choose their BOCCHI kitchen faucets for their new homes, and it definitely made all the hard work worthwhile—just to see their eyes light up when they chose something for their new kitchens,”’ said Jane Bright, Coordinator for Homes and Hope for Kentucky.
If you are interested in getting involved, you can donate online at homesandhopeforky.com or make a tax-deductible donation by mail to the Mayfield Rotary Foundation 501c3—designation of Homes and Hope for KY on memo line if sending a check—P.O. Box 485, Mayfield, KY. 42066.
For more information on BOCCHI, visit BOCCHIUSA.com. To get in touch with the Home for Hope Kentucky team, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them by dialing 270-540-7070.