HARTFORD — On Saturday, August 25 two 13-year-old girls from West Hartford will help a formerly homeless mother and her four children transform their new apartment from bare to beautiful.

The walls are empty. The windows are uncovered. There is little to no furniture in the apartment. But, after Saturday, that will all change. Marley Brown and Lucy Kabakoff, both of West Hartford, made the decision to take on the challenge of a complete home makeover for a formerly homeless family for their mitzvah project. Both girls will be celebrating their bat mitzvah this fall, and in preparation for this important milestone in their lives, they partnered with Journey Home in Hartford, to help transform an apartment of a local mom and her children.

“When we were approached by these two girls with their idea to plan, lead, and implement a complete home makeover for a formerly homeless, recently housed family, we jumped at the chance to work with them,” said Sara Salomons, director of development and communications at Journey Home. “We are so inspired by these girls and their commitment to helping us end homelessness in our community. Children are leading the way and we are thrilled to be able to witness the good they are doing in this world,” Salomons added.

Journey Home’s mission is to ensure a home for all. It believes the most powerful way to do this is collectively — by working together with service providers, elected officials, businesses and local communities to end homelessness in the Capital region of Connecticut. It will build partnerships, advance innovative solutions and achieve enduring, systemic change.

Visit www.journeyhomect.org for more information.

Connecticut Media Group