In the recent two years, NARI Cares has provided over $50,000 worth of remodeling services to those in need!
NARI Cares is committed to assisting Minnesota homeowners and organizations in need by performing affordable repairs or remodeling projects that will help improve the lives of those less fortunate.
- Seek out and identify potential NARI Cares projects and identify the need.
- Seek out and identify NARI Minnesota member companies for participation in NARI Cares projects.
- Facilitate the selection of a Project Contractor for each NARI Cares project and assist them with soliciting labor, material and monetary donations.
- Assist NARI Cares Project Contractors with the organization and execution of NARI Cares projects.
- Promote the good work NARI Minnesota members are doing in an effort to increase NARI Care’s overall impact on our community.
- Oliver Project: Created an outdoor space complete with a pergola for a young boy in Big Lake, MN. NARI Cares along with MN Fine Homes, Shaw/Stewart Lumber Co., and J. Becher Associates worked on this project along with Make-a-Wish Foundation of MN.
- Levi Project
The Levi Project was a dining room remodel for a young family who’s son is in a electric wheelchair. At the time they had a sunken dining room, so Levi wasn’t able to access the table. They wanted a space where Levi could easily access and eat at the table with his family. This project was overseen by member Vujovich Design Build and was completed early September 2019.
- Ascension House Project Ascension Place provides transitional housing and comprehensive, individualized support to more than 70 women each year. The house, a former convent building with 32 private bedrooms, offers a safe and structured environment in which women can stabilize, heal and work to overcome their barriers. For this project, they focused on the reunification room. The reunification room is a space that the residents can reserve to spend some time with their kids and other family members. The project was overseen by Victoria Johnson with M. Victoria Johnson Interiors, along with the help of member Mary Lynch of Mary Lynch Design and Robin Henrichsen of Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The room was redecorated and provided a fresh look and feel.
- NARI Cares Day
NARI Cares Day 2019 took place on September 27th, and the project involved working on a new build on a multi-unit building, where the volunteers did exterior landscaping, painting, and trim work. The project was overseen by Habitat for Humanity, and coordinated with the help of member Kevin Kalal of Abdo Eick & Meyers, the Chair of the NARI Cares Committee.
- Marcus Project
The Marcus Project is another Make-a-Wish Project that NARI Cares volunteers have taken on. Marcus was born with a significant brain malformation, causing significant medical, physical, and cognitive impairments. Marcus is 14, but will require lifelong, total assistance from others. His dream was to have a space in the home where he can hang out and feel completely comfortable. As well as that, the home needed a larger laundry room, kitchenette, and a space to prepare tube feedings. This project is being overseen by member Allrounder Remodeling.
Thanks to our member volunteers who helped on this project!
Demolition Services LLC, Dakota County Lumber, Bill Rascher Mechanical, Inc., Lelch Audio Video, Williams Drywall, Habitat for Humanity, and Hirshfields.
- MN Adult Teen Challenge - In Progress!- This project involves MN Adult Teen Challenge’s Learn to Sew Program and their need for a large built-in locking cabinet to replace the existing older cabinets that cannot be locked. The design and creation of the cabinet is currently being taken on by member Steven Cabinets.
- NARI Cares Day 2018 in conjunction with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - exterior work on a South Minneapolis Home. Painted the exterior.
- Olivia's Playhouse Project: Created a unique backyard playhouse for a young named girl with Leukemia. NARI Cares worked in conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
- Kaitlyn's Playhouse Project: Created a 12X12 "She-Shed" for Kaitlyn, who also has Leukemia. Also worked in conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
- NARI Cares at the Golden Valley Humane Society. The dog runs at the Humane Society needed attention. In less than one day the NARI Family went out and replaced the dog runs with small stones that are easily cleaned and maintained, and comfortable for the dogs pads. This project was completed by James Barton Design Build.
- 2017 NARI Cares Day: In conjunction with member Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, the NARI Family worked on a house in Blaine that is being constructed for a family of five. The project received notice from local media.
2021 Board Members
Chris Schmitz (Chair) ProSource Wholesale
Kevin Kalal, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
Tricia Wiitanen, Refined Homes
Guy Selinske, American Glass & Mirror
Bjorn Freudenthal, New Spaces
Gary Hubbard, Kohler Co.
Sarah Ivers, Vujovich Design Build
The NARI Cares Board holds meetings as determined throughout the year by consensus of the chair and members.
Please contact the Board chair if you are interested in volunteering for the NARI Cares Board.