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Artizan Cares: Ms. Holeman Home Makeover
On MLK Day, Artizan Constructors teamed up with local businesses and non-profits to give a 90-year-old woman a home makeover.
by Duy Nguyen
Artizan recently started with an initiative to give back to the community. If you are around Kirby Salton (CEO of Artizan Constructors) enough you will more than likely hear him say something along the lines of taking from a community without putting anything back into it is a good way to make sure it doesn’t grow.
Mr. Salton is always looking for ways to give back and seeing Ms. Holeman on Channel 3 inspired him to move. When he saw she had been playing the piano in and being active in church for decades he was reminded of his upbringing. The strong God fearing women that gave him guidance as he developed, he saw their qualities in Ms. Holeman and couldn’t do anything but help. So he asked JustMyMemphis to reach out to Tim Simpson and see what we could do. Tim was excited that he was able to pass the torch to someone else to see that this woman who spent her life giving to her community.
It was like doing chores for my grandma around the house when I was younger, it doesn't feel like work
– Artizan employee
Once others saw Artizan was helping with repairs people were inspired to pitch in. Tuning her piano, drywall, paint, cleaning supplies, granite counter-tops from Africa, food, and music. It was the whole nine yards. My soul dance a bit seeing so many people coming together with one goal. To put a smile on this amazing woman’s face when she saw her friends, family, and even strangers had come out to this “new” house warming.
Ms. Holeman arrived and tried to hug every soul that was on her property. I couldn’t even record every hug they were happening so fast. I could see it in her eyes that she just wanted to tell every last friend and stranger thank you in the most sincere way possible. A hug was what she could give back to people in that moment and that’s what she did. When she played on her freshly AMRO Music tuned piano alongside our favorite singer Karen Brown it was a show. Ms. Holeman hit those keys like they owed her money and it was a sight!
All in all a heart warming experience on the day of service and major props to everyone that did their part no matter how small. As the President of JustMy it was an honor to be in the presence of people in our community being a community for someone who did nothing but that for longer than I’ve been on this Earth. Thank you Ms. Holeman for bringing people together.
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