Evered House Newsletter 3
Evered House Press
21 AUG. 2020
Dear Friends of the House,
As the summer draws to a close, we recall the challenges we've faced the last several months and the challenges we are overcoming. In September, we’ll finally be “on the ground” again at the House to access what work has to be done to bring the property back up to speed. We know we have to replace the refrigerator, we know we have to replace the washing machine, we know we have considerable work to do on the landscaping as it’s been untended for almost half a year.
Hard to believe we were at the House almost 6 months ago, in early March. At that time we planned to head back East a couple weeks, then come right back to the House. Not to be.
Still—we pressed on, doing what we could from far afield.
We look forward to getting back to work on the stage. We hope to get that done by the third week of October, so we can use it for some distanced, outdoor and safe performances during our “Pitch In” event on October 24th. Our “Pitch In” event consists of a select number of volunteers “pitching” a tent on the grounds of the House, then “pitching in” to help with repairs, landscaping, and whatever other work needs to be done.
In addition, we have our Mentor Board Member Marty James consulting with us on how to rig the administrative office at the House to host podcasts and video shoots, so we can use the beautiful setting of the hi-desert to produce programs and videos that amplify the stories of not just our residents, but anyone who serves. The Evered House is about service, and we think those stories need to be told more than ever.
Also this month, we sadly mark the end of Marianna Sierra’s internship with us. Marianna has been incredibly effective in setting up our organization’s system of communication, developing the templates and methodologies that we’ll be using from this point on. She’s attracted eye balls to our website, increased our social media presence, actively helped us with fundraising, reached out to veteran-artists, and helped keep our program visible during the pandemic. Thank you, Marianna, for all the incredible work you have done! We look forward to giving you a VIP tour of the Evered House when you make your way out to the hi-desert.
We’re also pleased to announce that our new intern, Mel Smith, will be joining us for the fall of 2020. Mel grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey and at a young age was encouraged by her mother to incorporate community service into her life. Through her school and church she was able to get hands on experience by dedicating a couple weeks during her summer to serve in the Hightstown, NJ and Philadelphia, PA communities. At Princeton High School in New Jersey, Mel used her leadership skills to mentor freshman students in Peer Group and also served by volunteering as a junior cadet at the local EMS program. It was also at this time that she began writing as a way to express herself creatively. As she began college, Mel used this passion to help contribute and edit her campus’ literary magazine. Mel will continue her education at Georgetown University this fall and hopes to blend her interests of community service and art. She firmly believes in the power of art to help heal and uplift individuals as well as their own communities. A value we certainly share at the Evered House! Welcome aboard Mel!