Over the course of the summer 2019, Norfolk Kitchen & Bath joined in with WCVB for the 5 Fixer Upper renovation at Pine Street Inn’s Yearwood House. The Yearwood House, located at 459 Park Drive in Boston, is one of the many properties that Pine Street Inn has for housing for Boston’s homeless. The Yearwood House building is named in honor of Trinity verger Bob Yearwood, and his 30+ years of ministry to homeless men and women in Copley Square. Trinity Church made a significant gift to help purchase 459 Park Drive, in 2006 and is a regular supporter of Pine Street.
This “5 Fixer Upper” project is part of the WCVB Channel 5’s partnership with the Pine Street Inn, and for the organizations 50th anniversary! The Pine Street Inn is the largest homeless services provider in New England. They offer a comprehensive range of programs to support men and women in moving off the street, out of shelter, and into a home and community.
This was a no-brainer for Norfolk Kitchen & Bath, as we are also celebrating a big anniversary – our 85th! The Pine Street Inn has made amazing strides in helping Boston’s homeless, and it is part of the community for which we are in. “When we learned there was a need for a makeover at the Pine Street Inn, including kitchen cabinets and countertops, we jumped right in!”, said Julie Blake, marketing manager for The Norfolk Companies. “This is our wheelhouse, and a fresh new space can help make a fresh new start for these deserving people”.
The old space was dark and dated, and needed a makeover. The transformation included remodeling 3 floors of living space while the 22 tenants were living there. It was done one floor at a time, and included new cabinet replacements, sinks, faucets and installation by the Norfolk Kitchen install team, new quartz countertops donated by LG Viatera installed by Discover Marble & Granite.
The project also included several other donors including:
- Appliances by Kam Appliances
- Tile floors and backsplash by Capital Carpet and Flooring
- New TV, couches and table sets from Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture
- Demolition and Disposal by 1-800-Got -Jun
- New shower stalls by Bath Fitter
Norfolk Kitchen & Bath continues to work in the area to support housing shortage, housing affordability and homelessness. Look for our next endeavor for the Habitat for Humanity and Building for Hope.