Hearts seeks volunteers for 'Work Party'

Hearts to Nourish is hosting a "Work Party" this weekend, and is in need of volunteers to help with painting, cleaning and routine maintenance of its new facility, which is expected to open in March.

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb, 19, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at 5790 Highway 85, Suite 603, in Riverdale.

According to a news release issued the non-profit organization in Riverdale, it has received a donation of a nine-bedroom townhouse from Chase Bank. "Hearts plans to [use] this property as a transitional home for males, ages 18 to 21," the media statement said.

The name of the new facility is "The D.O.R.M," which stands for the Development of Responsible Men, the statement added. "The primary focus," it continued, "will be males aging out of foster care, leaving detention centers and re-entering the community."

The advisory added that the home will also assist young men who are homeless or in some other unique crisis situation. Young males will be able to receive services for anywhere from 18, to 24 months, according to the statement.

"The facility will be supervised a live-in, adult counselor, who will also coordinate programs, and services," the statement said. Services will include, but are not limited to, educational support, internships, employment assistance, and life skills.

"In addition to volunteers, we are requesting support from the community with donations of items to furnish and operate The D.O.R.M.," the media advisory added.

The D.O.R.M. is currently in need of beds, dressers, a couch, tables, chairs, washers and dryers, dishes, and kitchen essentials, according to the statement.

The organization also requests appliances, towels, toiletry items, clothes for interviewing/ employment, television sets, and computers.

According to the statement, donations can be dropped off at the Heart to Nourish Hope office, located at 345 Scott Road in Riverdale.

Volunteers are asked to R.S.V.P. phone, at (770) 997-4511.

"Please make time in your schedule, and commit a few hours to join us in helping to prepare for this much-needed service in our community," the media advisory said.