We are honored to share this story, written by Greg Primm. His family has been a consistent source of joy and stability at the Rogers Laundry Love. It is amazing to watch our community continue to care for those in need. From Greg Prim, Laundry Love Rogers Initiative Leader
My wife Amy and I have been involved with the Rogers Laundry Love Project for over 2 years. We’ve had the opportunity to get to know some amazing people -- both the numerous volunteers who have donated their time and our clients who come back each month.
I’m honored to share a recent story of renewal and hope that happened as a result of the Laundry Love Project.
We met ”Ron” and “Lisa” over a year ago when they started coming to the Rogers Laundry Love Project. I don't think they've ever missed a month, always greeting us with a smile and pictures of their newest grandchild or great-grandchild.
In July, they shared with me that they have no water service at their house. Since they moved in over a year ago, they've been hauling water in buckets to use for cooking, bathing, and drinking.
Simple things I take for granted everyday like ample drinking water, a proper shower, and laundry were outside their reach. They needed a water line installed from the edge of their property approximately 100' to their house. Water was so close, yet the financial constraints made it difficult to get the job done.
I contacted my friend Ben Booth of Booth Building and Design. He immediately offered to coordinate an effort to complete the project. He recruited Steve and Amy Cornelison of C & C Septic to dig the line and Terry Presley of Terry Presley Plumbing to lend his expertise and help gather the proper materials.
Saturday, August 27th, we gathered to complete the work. Steve made quick work of digging the ditch even after encountering solid rock a few feet from the house. The water line installation also went very smooth -- we were able to add an additional outdoor hydrant. Benton County Water Authority even offered to come out on a Saturday to inspect the line and install the meter.
I would never have thought that we could have arrived at the property at 8 am and left with the project 100% complete by the end of the day. It couldn’t have happened without the work of Ben, Steve, Amy, Terry, and our good friends Alex Bell, Nick Rhoads, and Christian Vaught. I was truly amazed at each one of these people. When asked to help, all of them said YES before we could even finish the question.
The greatest part of the long, hot day occurred as we were wrapping up and Lisa told us that it was her birthday! Someone mentioned that we should have brought a cake, but Lisa said that getting water to her house was the best birthday present she could ever have received.
Just this past Friday, Ron and Lisa came back to Laundry Love Project with smiles from ear to ear, beaming about their new water service and reporting that it is working great. They expressed their gratitude numerous times at not having to haul buckets of water to their house.
Thanks again to everyone involved in making a huge difference in Ron and Lisa’s lives! This is truly an example of the people of Northwest Arkansas meeting needs among their own.
Greg & Amy
If you would like more info on how to participate in Laundry Love Rogers or any Laundry Love in Northwest Arkansas, please visit the Laundry Love initiative page for details or email LLP@CobblestoneProject.org. Laundry Love is an initiative of Just One & operated in partnership with them.