Money for the project came from Norman's Community Development Block Grant program. Manpower for getting the units installed once construction was complete came from volunteers participating in United Way's annual Day of Caring.
Carpentry students used a bus and a flatbed truck to move the furniture to Bridges on Friday. Volunteers and Bridges' staff members spent the day painting and installing them, Krittenbrink said.
“This is a great example of the generosity of spirit displayed by our community,” she said. “A number of people collaborated out of the goodness of their hearts so that our students could have a comfortable living space.”
Students at Bridges pay sliding-scale rent on one of 20 apartments maintained by the organization. In turn, they receive case management, mentoring and assistance with school and emergency needs.
The students are required to maintain appropriate grades and school attendance, keep a job and work toward high school graduation.