By last weekend, John Godfrey of the Salt Lake County Housing Authority was smiling. Fifty apartment interiors were painted at the Valley Fair Senior Complex at 3060 W. 3650 South.
As director of physical facilities and rehabilitation for the Housing Authority, Godfrey has been frustrated at the need to repaint the apartments and a continually shrinking budget. He has offered free paint to the elderly residents if their children would paint for them. "But it's a Catch 22 situation because many of the seniors who don't have children need paint the worst," Godfrey said.But Fred Meyer Inc. came to the rescue and had over 200 volunteers at the complex last Friday and Saturday to brighten the living environment of the elderly residents.
Candyce Hayes, public affairs director with the Portland, Ore., Fred Meyer office, has coordinated the effort with local sales promotion manager Cheryl L. Murray. "When we heard that some of the apartments had not been painted in 15 years, we were thrilled to be able to offer this service," Hayes said.
Cheryl L. Murray called the effort "a day of sharing" and was pleased at the turnout of local Fred Meyer employees.
Punch and cookies were provided in the community center room of the complex while volunteers were painting, giving the workers and tenants a chance to socialize during the two-day project.
Painting team captains representing local Fred Meyer stores, warehouses and offices included Terri Burnside, Carrie Chestnut, Linda Boyd, Cindy May, Sandy Walsh, Mont Larsen, DeeAnn Gill, Don Johnson, Barte Hess, Kathy Goodrich, Scott Bringhurst, Kim Kime, Charles Dillier and John Zogg.
Also heading Fred Meyer teams were: Becky Johnston, Bob O'Connor, Debbie McDaniel, Karin Daugherty, Mike Lambros, Valerie Gomez, Mike Weatherhogg and Eugene Griffith.
Other captains were Dell Jones, Carolyn Gardner, Jim Harvey, Irene Harvey, Doug Jenkins, Casey Park and Steve Brown.