National Association of the Remodel Industry – San Diego Chapter Announces Project Harmony

Dubbed Project Harmony, this charity event will focus on the improvement of several housing units that Interfaith provides in San Diego North County for disabled and displaced families.

Online PR News – 01-July-2010 – – San Diego, CA – In conjunction with Interfaith Community Services, the San Diego chapter of the National Association of the Remodel Industry (NARI, San Diego) announced plans today to move forward with their first annual charity remodel event. Dubbed Project Harmony, this charity event will focus on the improvement of several housing units that Interfaith provides in San Diego North County for disabled and displaced families.

Included in the scope of work for Project Harmony will be the complete gutting of the housing units, including kitchen, bathroom, doors, flooring and removal of the acoustic (popcorn) ceilings. New flooring, cabinets, appliances, bath fixtures, shower and tub enclosures, complete drywall repair and painting, lighting, ceiling fans, doors and trim throughout the units will be donated and installed by members of NARI, San Diego, their industry partners and community volunteers.

Lila Fetherolf, Interfaith’s Associate Director of Housing, stated shortly after a visit by the NARI, San Diego’s inspection team, “Interfaith's Harmony apartments provides a home for disabled individuals who would otherwise be homeless. Residents are also able to access critical supportive services vital to their unique needs.

However, the Harmony apartments were built in 1964, and they are truly in need of a makeover. With demand for all of Interfaith's services at all-time highs, and less donors able to give, Interfaith simply cannot afford the costs to remodel these units. We need the help of the community to make this happen, so NARI, San Diego’s ‘Project Harmony’ is a dream come true. Needed improvements can finally be made, and Harmony residents will be able to enjoy a more comfortable home for years to come.”

North County-based social service nonprofit, Interfaith Community Services, continues to experience record increases in the number of families seeking first-time assistance for emergency resources as a result of the economy. Compared to two years ago, Interfaith has seen a 58% increase in the number of people needing emergency services of food, housing, and employment assistance. Simultaneously, donations are down 53% over the same time period. The sharpest increases are in first-time clients and two-parent families, which is up 85%.

In regards to the search for a suitable project to commit their resources to, NARI, San Diego’s Riggs Thayer shared, “The selection process involved multiple phases. After meeting with many charitable organizations in the San Diego area, I found that our biggest challenge was not in finding a project, but in identifying a project whose scope and timing needs we could best serve with our available resources. After receiving a referral to Interfaith, I was able to tour their facility and receive an in depth briefing as to their client base, among them Veterans, homeless, seniors, and people with long term care needs.

One of the more compelling facts that Interfaith disclosed was that some of the people who had been past donors to their organization were now clients in need of Interfaith’s services. While all of the charities considered are great organizations that do wonderful work in the community, it seems that Interfaith had the greatest needs with the fewest resources and, at least for our inaugural charity remodel, was the organization that would benefit most from our assistance.”

“Interfaith's services have a profound impact on our community and NARI San Diego is proud to lend a hand," is the eloquent summary provided by Ryan Holmes, President of NARI, San Diego.
NARI's roots go back to 1935 when President Roosevelt's National Recovery Act established the beginnings of NERSICA (The North East Roofing, Siding and Insulation Contractors Association). In 1956 President Eisenhower established Operation Home Improvement, a nationwide effort emphasizing the rehabilitation of existing housing rather than new construction. The National Home Improvement Council (N.H.I.C) emerged from this effort. By the mid-1960s, NERSICA no longer reflected the membership of the growing industry and its name was changed to the National Remodelers Association (NRA).
In 1983, the National Remodelers Association and the National Home Improvement Council joined to establish the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Today, NARI has 58 chapters nationwide and has enjoyed a sizeable growth period during the past decade. In 2000, NARI moved its national headquarters from Alexandria, Virginia, to Des Plaines, Illinois, and as the Voice of the Remodeling IndustryTM, continues to prosper.
NARI’s core purpose is to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.

Work on Project Harmony will be performed during two weekends in September, 2010, commencing Saturday, the 11th and concluding on Sunday, the 19th. Community involvement and donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated. These can be coordinated by contacting NARI, San Diego. Interfaith is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. More information on this project and NARI, San Diego can be found at

Ryan Holmes, President, NARI, San Diego
Ph: 619-445-1340 email:

Riggs Thayer, NARI, San Diego Chairperson, Project Harmony
Ph: 619-684-4600 email:

Sheen Fischer, Vice President/Public Relations Chair, NARI, San Diego
Ph: 760-738-6270 email:

Lila Fetherolf, Interfaith Associate Director of Housing
Ph: 760-489-6380 ext: 217 email:

Christine Vaughan, Interfaith Public Relations Coordinator
Ph: 760-489-6380 ext: 218 email:

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