On April 9th and 10th, Health Care for the Homeless was fortunate to host an energetic group of volunteers from Constellation Energy. They helped beautify our gigantic flowerpots: now the pots reflect the bright, welcoming colors of the HCH mural.
Although the unpainted, white pots inspired more puzzlement than admiration, we are actually fondly attached to them. They were put there by the late Rick Baier, the general contractor who oversaw construction of our new facility. The smaller pots we’d agreed upon were backordered. So Rick took the initiative, and took the opportunity to play a practical joke that would last for years to come. He bought the giant pots you see today, and for safe measure bolted them into the sidewalk.
Sadly, just a few months after the completion of the new HCH building, Rick was diagnosed with cancer. Not long after his diagnosis, Rick passed away. He was a great man with an amazing personality, and as a former addictions counselor he had a genuine understanding of the HCH mission and the spirit of our organization. In our atrium, which he helped design, there is a plaque in his honor. But we remember him as well every time we walk by these flowerpots, Rick’s last practical joke.
Thanks to Constellation Energy’s volunteers for their help in brightening up our facility! Today they’ll continue their amazing work, with a Free Market to provide clothing and supplies to our clients.