Folksinger Pete Seeger once sang about “little boxes, all made of ticky-tacky” sprouting up in homogenized suburbia. In contrast, there is nothing vanilla-colored about several tiny homes at Livermore’s Goodness Village, now decorated with colorful murals painted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton and Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR).
With guidance from Livermore’s Only Up Muralists, about 30 Rotarians spent March 12th working on paint-by-number exercises that added panache to 160 square foot houses for formerly homeless people at Goodness Village on Freisman Road, Livermore.
Steve Baker, Community Service Chair of the Pleasanton Rotary (Downtown) Club organized the event for the two Rotary chapters. Trent Thompson, founder of Only Up Muralists, was on hand to offer guidance.
Two connected single-occupancy dwellings provided a large canvas for a mural painted by Downtown Club members. PNR members, with help from the Downtown Club’s Grace Nash, painted a mural on another building, and the clubs worked together on murals decorating two more dwellings.
The completed project brings an atmosphere of creativity and imagination to Goodness Village, according to Executive Director Kim Curtis. “This was just one of the ways we continue to create an inviting, safe space for residents to rest, recover and reinvent themselves,” she said.
The results can be seen in the following photos: