Six Quadriga Art employees, plus President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Schulhof and Chief Operating Officer Dean Wimer and their families, spent four days rebuilding the dilapidated home of a couple living in a depressed rural region of Mississippi. They coordinated the project through Sacred Heart Southern Missions of Jackson as part of the Quadriga Art “Building Bonds Beyond Business” corporate outreach program.
This is the second year Quadriga Art has sent a team to help make life a little better in the economically troubled community served by Sacred Heart, one of Quadriga’s clients.
“The rewards of taking employees on a trip like this are immeasurable,” said Schulhof. “The most fulfilling aspect was helping a deserving couple have a home that is clean and safe to live in. In addition to that, the trip provided new relationships for Quadriga employees who might not normally interact during the workday, and offered all of us an opportunity to give sacrificially of our time together as a team. We all came home energized and feeling very fortunate as a result of the experience.”
Quadriga Art started the charitable service program last year after employees heard about Sacred Heart’s work and requested time off so they could travel from their offices in New York and New Jersey to Mississippi to help with housing rehabilitation projects.
This year, the team returned to complete work it had started last year on a very dilapidated home that was once a sharecropper’s shack. The owners are working but very poor, living in a rural community set in the middle of cotton fields.
“Last year we added insulation and a new roof to their home, and this year we painted the exterior and we ripped out and resurfaced all the interior walls and floors,” said Lori Moon, a strategy director who participated in both trips. “Seeing the woman’s eyes light up when she walked in and saw how light and bright her house was made our work worthwhile.”
Moon said team members also benefited from a first-hand look at the ministry of their client. “Sacred Heart is changing the lives of people every day, and we got to see how what we do at Quadriga Art helps them do that.” Ed Lincoln, production coordinator in the estimating department at Quadriga, also went on both trips and said he’s proud to be part of a company that promotes outreach projects.“Whatever we do in business to help others is one thing, but what we can do individually to make someone’s life a little bit nicer is very fulfilling. I can’t wait to go back and help some more.”
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