The maintenance man had just retired “and everything breaks down every day,” said DeDe Grundel, executive director of Friends of Joshua House who arranged for the crew.
The 46 volunteers work at one of four properties in Tampa owned by the national company, which offers rental apartment communities. One is on Harbour Island, one is in Hyde Park and two are on the island of Rocky Point near the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
On Oct. 17, they left their jobs as maintenance workers, leasing agents, property managers and more to help the Lutz facility. The service was part of a program through the Post HOPE Foundation, a nonprofit that functions as the employee giving and charitable distribution arm of Post.
Each year local Post Properties select a project and all employees participate in the day of service, with Joshua House chosen this year.
Tyrone Robinson, who handles leasing at Post Hyde Park, also serves as director of philanthropy for the Tampa properties.
“An associate brought it to our attention; we came out and fell in love with it,” Robinson said.
He said the company supplied the labor, valued at almost $7,000, and brought the tools. Joshua House provided the supplies to the various teams, which were assigned to cleaning, repairing, pressure washing and painting buildings, and raking the grounds.
“We are just having our maintenance guys tackle all the small projects that need to be done to bring it up to the standards of Post Properties,” Robinson said.
Ryan McCarry of Post Harbour Place worked to clean a porch before another team came to pressure wash it. “We’ll just have a muddy mess if we don’t sweep it first,” he told the others on his cleaning team.
McCarry said, “It’s nice to part of something our company does that is making our community better.”
Meanwhile, Ashley Shaw and Tony Leal, both of Post Rocky Point, painted walls in the reception area of the facility.
“I think this may be the first time I held a paint roller,” Shaw said.
But she had professional advice from Richard Beline, a co-owner of a painting company, Ally Turnkey. The painting company works with Post Properties and joined the project.
“We all have family; we all have children,” Beline said. “We do what we can to help children in need.”
Before he started repairing the walls for painting, he presented a check donation to the Joshua House staff.
“But we wanted to do something to physically help too,” Beline said.