Tierra Smith was glad she brought gloves and trash bags when her group of 15 students walked into Safe Harbor House’s newest property on Center Street.
“This way we’re not getting extremely messy,” the Catholic Central School junior said Friday.
Helping Safe Harbor, which assists women in need with transitional housing and support, means their staff can focus more of their time on their programs and less on cleaning. The organization was one of 20 locations throughout Springfield where Catholic Central School students lent a hand as part of their Senior High Service Day project.
Volunteers scraped off wallpaper, swept, scrubbed walls and sorted antiques for sale at the property Safe Harbor House hopes to have available as low-rent housing for its patrons this summer. It’s help Rebecca Mills, director of programming and personnel, said they sorely needed.
“I always love seeing young people rise up and do great things in the community,” she said. “I think it gives us hope for our future that they actually want to do this and help out.”
For Smith, who was a student group leader on the project, it’s also about proving to the community that they have something positive to offer.
“It helps us show Springfield that there are people out here trying to help and there’s not just (people) sitting doing nothing,” she said. “There are truly people out here trying to help and just make the world a better place.”