Lasting Memories

 Mary Rodriguez, a Blueprint homeowner, receives her scrapbook from volunteers working on her home.

Mary Rodriguez, a Blueprint homeowner, receives her scrapbook from volunteers working on her home.

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," and that could not be truer of the photo-filled scrapbooks that our campers make for their homeowners every week of camp.

One of our homeowners, Johnny Williams, loves to show off the work that Blueprint volunteers did to repair the substandard living conditions of his house through the many scrapbooks made for him over the years.  But be prepared- if you visit Johnny, he has collected many photos worth far more than just a thousand words. 

 Mary and the team of volunteers working on her home.

Mary and the team of volunteers working on her home.

Every week during the summer, our groups that serve with Blueprint prepare a scrapbook to leave behind with the homeowner when their week of work is done.  The scrapbook includes pictures of the kids with the homeowners, pictures of the kids doing the different repair projects and progress throughout the week.  Relationships are built - lasting relationships - between the kids and the homeowners.  Not only are homes restored, but hope as well. In the end, long time friendships and beautiful memories remain.  

So when you visit Johnny, he will share stories with you, show you pictures of the kids, and you will see the joy and love he has for those who have served and the gratitude he has for the memories captured in the scrapbooks.

My favorite part of the week was making our homeowner smile while we gave her our scrapbook.
— Week 2 Camper, 2018