Retired construction manager offers talents to oversee a new Marisol Home operation
For Paul Camp, volunteering to renovate a new Marisol Home fit like a glove.
His 30-some year career in construction and project management for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service made him the right candidate for transforming the old St. Bernadette Parish’s convent in Lakewood into a home for mothers and children who are facing homelessness.
“I truly believe that this was something God put in front of me …,” said Camp, a parishioner at Light of the World Parish in Littleton. “The bottom line is I’ve been so blessed with my career, personal life and friends and so on that it was a great opportunity for me to give back in a very big and meaningful way.”
Camp has volunteered as the owner’s representative of the ongoing construction project, which will provide 16 families with bedrooms, an expanded kitchen, dining area, chapel, family rooms, computer learning center, craft room, laundry room, and more. Staff offices will also be on site. Expected completion is before the start of the 2017-18 school year.
“He’s dedicated through and through to make sure we’re serving clients in a dignified way,” said Catholic Charities Vice President of Operations Tom Wanzeck. “His work shows he is dedicated to the ministry. He’s really trying to make sure that the place is set up to provide a great environment for families.”
Camp started doing odd jobs—painting rooms and hanging Christmas lights—for the Marisol Homes location in Denver (formerly Fr. Ed Judy House) until he was asked to offer his skills in construction management for the renovation of the new location in Lakewood.
The 65-year-old building brought a series of construction challenges, but Camp is helping forge the project forward until completion.
“The tired old building needed updates on almost everything, including a new boiler system. And it’s been such a busy time for construction in the Denver Metro area,” Camp said. “It’s something I’m experienced in and I’m passionate about. What better opportunity than to use your God-given talents toward helping others who can’t help themselves?”
Camp said he feels blessed to be a part of the project.
“It’s been very rewarding. I know I’m building a legacy here, and I know we’re helping to get women and children off the street. For many years in the future families will live here, and I’ll know that I’ve been a part of that.”