By LIBBY CLUETT
Project 365 is in its fourth phase, in which volunteers focus on revitalizing parts of the southeast section of Mineral Wells.
For this final phase of the project's first year, the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce challenged area businesses to get involved by “adopting” a home in the area.
The group identified some homes for adoption by businesses, churches, other organizations, families and even individuals, to spend some time making visual improvements.
Phase Four Coordinator Kelli Buschow, a Leadership Mineral Wells Class 18 alumna, announced they have six homes adopted, with Brazos Pointe Church adopting two homes. Palo Pinto General Hospital, Titan Bank, Neal Davis with the Mineral Wells Police Department and the Randall family have also adopted homes.
However, they have a couple more that need adoption and less than five weeks remaining – the deadline is Aug. 1. Projects involve painting and trim work that can usually be completed by a team in one day.
Furr Building Materials, Sutherlands and Ace Hardware have donated paint for the projects, and now they just need volunteers.
Those interested in taking part in the challenge can pick up a packet at the chamber, located at 511 Hubbard St., or contact Buschow at (940) 327-7555 for more information.
Buschow said the group will have a community-wide celebration on the project, Aug. 6, during National Night Out. This will mark the first anniversary of Project 365.
In previous phases of the project, law enforcement worked with other organizations and volunteers to address concerns in the southeast quadrant, which contains portions of wards 1 and 4. These phases have focused on curbing crime and eyesores, such as deteriorating structures or uncontrolled grass and weeds. Additionally, local police encouraged the implementation of neighborhood watch programs throughout the city.