Fresh Coat Painters Donates Painting to DakotAbilities

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Local Fresh Coat Painters company painted DakotAbilities group home at no cost

Rose House residents Yulia Sazonov and Ashley Chick

When I started this company in 2014, giving back to the community was something I definitely wanted to focus on. I’m glad we were able do something for DakotAbilities – they do great work for our region.

When you’re moving into a new place, it’s always nice to get started with a fresh coat of paint. That’s something DakotAbilities wanted to do for the two new residents at their smallest group home, Rose House, but the cost meant spending money on paint instead of programming.

When DakotAbilities Residential Manager Nick Winkler contacted Fresh Coat Painters of Sioux Falls owner Kory Jons for a painting quote, Jons saw an opportunity to give back to his community. Through Fresh Coat Painters’ national Paint it Forward® initiative, Jons was able to give Rose House that fresh coat of paint without charging DakotAbilities a dime.

“They were asking for a bid on having the house painted and I thought it would be a great Paint it Forward project. When I started this company in 2014, giving back to the community was something I definitely wanted to focus on. I’m glad we were able do something for DakotAbilities – they do great work for our region,” Jons said.

Paint it Forward is a national project Fresh Coat Painters is doing in communities around the country to brighten up the homes or offices of those who deserve a fresh space. Fresh Coat Painters of Sioux Falls offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling, in-home color design consultations and detailed quotes. Jons opened Fresh Coat Painters in 2014 to serve the Sioux Falls area and the surrounding communities.

The Rose House painting took place at the end of March and the two women who are sharing the home moved in in early April. DakotAbilities provides a number of varied services for approximately 135 people with varying levels of abilities and disabilities. They currently serve people from 41 counties from across South Dakota and provide 21 residential settings as well as a variety of work and non-work daytime settings.

The bid on the work would have cost DakotAbilities approximately $1,400 if not for Paint it Forward. With Paint it Forward, Fresh Coat provides the expertise and man-hours and the paint is donated by the company’s national paint partner, Sherwin-Williams®.

“We help people with developmental disabilities live a regular life in the community just like everyone else. We appreciate being part of the Paint it Forward project and are looking forward to putting the money we’re saving back into programming. We are a small non-profit and there are always budget constraints. Not having to pay for painting will help us stretch that budget a little further. Paint it Forward is making a meaningful difference for us,” DakotAbilities Director of Residential Services Heidi Loof said.

In addition to being able to reallocate the money that would have been spent on painting, Loof said DakotAbilities is very pleased with the work Fresh Coat did at Rose House.

“It looks like a new home inside! It is clean, fresh and a perfect new start for the ladies who just moved in. I want to express my gratitude and thanks that Fresh Coat Painters chose DakotAbilities to be a part of the Paint it Forward program. Kory was great to work with and Fresh Coat has shown so much heart and commitment to making a difference,” Loof said.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Sioux Falls, call 605-231-4780, email KJons(at)FreshCoatPainters(dot)com or visit

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