House2Home225 – a new nonprofit – is helping flood victims turn houses into homes once again.
by Sharon Furrate Bailey
Alexandra Napoli is one of a kind. She is a wife, mother and visionary who has a gift for helping others. She has a giving heart, and always puts her best foot forward when she gets involved with an organization. I witnessed her efforts firsthand while managing special events and publicity for the Arthritis Association of Louisiana. At the time, I barely knew Alexandra, but she volunteered her time and energy to help us make the event a success. She went home and created every backdrop for artists to display their beautifully painted or embellished gloves on for our fundraiser. She was truly our angel – were it not for her efforts, the gloves would not have been so beautifully displayed.
Since that event, Alexandra has stayed active in the Baton Rouge community. She has assisted The Dunham School with many of their events, as well as worked with Trafficking Hope. So, what’s next for Alexandra?
When she saw the devastation so many experienced due to recent flooding, she decided to start her own nonprofit. After working all day alongside her sister at the Celtic Media Center shelter, she left with a vision, and began the process of creating House2Home225 to assist people who had been affected by something horrific. She quickly got to work creating a website (House2Home225.org) and selecting board members.
Be it flooding, fire, job loss, or any number of other things that can affect one’s livelihood, House2Home225 will be a place for people to go and find help for the rebuilding process. Those who need assistance can visit the website where they will be able to complete an application, have it reviewed, and then meet with Alexandra to have their need assessed.
Alexandra has developed strong relationships with licensed contractors and vendors throughout the area, as she works in, and has a passion for the field of design. She has experience working with both commercial and residential clients, and has many connections in the furniture business and construction industry, which gave her the confidence necessary to launch House2Home225.
Her current work has been focused on gathering donations such as mattresses and various other home furnishings, and storing them at her husband’s business, Kirk’s has the Works. It is truly amazing to see the many items that have already arrived!
Alexandra truly puts her faith into action. She doesn’t sit around waiting – quite the opposite. Two scriptures come to mind that capture Alexandra’s humility and servant heart:
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48
Alexandra rarely has to be asked – she sees a need and begins trying to find a solution. Please take time to visit the website at House2Home225.org. There are tons of ways to get involved whether you want to volunteer your time or make a donation. Let’s help people rebuild their homes and create a space that can once again be their personal sanctuary.