Tompkins VIST Bank Wyomissing refurbishes bedroom at Mary’s Shelter in Berks County

The staff of Tompkins VIST Bank’s Wyomissing department this 12 months donated $2,000 to refurbish a bedroom at Mary’s Shelter in Berks County and did much of the do the job themselves.

“I knew our employees could make the most of the funds by putting our possess muscle mass into the venture,” reported Susan Belfer, branch supervisor.

The completed home for a youth at Mary’s Shelter after the Tompkins VIST Lender group done its renovation. (Submitted image)

The home was part of a 17,000 square foot renovation that Mary’s Shelter conducted this 12 months to dwelling the increasing amount of homeless youth ages 16 to 21 at its facility.

“The fiscal strain of the pandemic has triggered a great deal of relatives conflict, which prompts kids to run away or be kicked out of their houses,” claimed Christine Folks, government director.

The undertaking involved 20 bedrooms as effectively as a kitchen area, dwelling room and other rooms and places of work.

The money for the renovation arrived from a variety of sponsors, each of which ended up assigned a home. And to make this a regional youth-centered task, Folk invited Berks County substantial colleges to submit styles for the rooms.

Tompkins VIST Bank’s bed room was built by Boyertown High University and was incredibly comprehensive, claimed Belfer.

“In addition to listing the furniture and décor, the learners even advised wherever the goods could be procured,” she mentioned.

The Tompkins VIST employees commenced function on the venture many months ago, when specialist contractors installed a drop ceiling and flooring, and the branch’s Assistant Supervisor Edwin Alvarado and Senior Teller Zach Dautrich painted the area in neutral and heat earth colors. Next the employees acquired a mattress frame and various other parts of furnishings, which had been assembled by the bank’s amenities staff members Alex Reifsnyder and Earl DeLong.

The final period was the décor, which integrated incorporating pillows, a bedspread, curtains, wall hangings and quite a few personalized merchandise so that the home would experience “extra specific,” reported Belfer.  She coordinated the work so that all the workers, which include Common Banker Lauren Boone and Tellers Jen Ballou and Anna Gual, had an opportunity to enable although also assuring that the department continued to provide clients.

The home is now accomplished and waiting for its first occupant, which People anticipates will be in late January.

Folk recommended the generosity of all the sponsors and manufactured specific point out of the Tompkins VIST team’s tough get the job done.

“They took the unique layout and brought it to lifetime,” she said. “Each home is exclusive, just like the children we household. We want them to come to feel that the neighborhood cares about them and would like them to do well.”  Belfer and her employees agreed. “It usually means a good deal to know that we manufactured a home pleasant and welcoming for a young particular person in require and could genuinely enable the neighborhood this way.”