Doug Nicholson has a smile worthy of jolly old St. Nicholas. Cheeks dimpled. Eyes twinkling. Gold teeth sparkling.
And the 53-year-old Kansas City man can hardly contain his merriment as the day Jackson County will be presenting the keys to its seventh Constructing Futures house nears. Nicholson doesn’t know the family who will be receiving the home—just in time for Christmas—but he understands they will have endured hardships, including struggles with homelessness.
“It makes me feel pretty good to see somebody who’s gone through hard times have a bundle of happiness come into their lives,” says Nicholson. “Then tears start flowing. It gives me goosebumps.” Nicholson is helping deliver that “bundle of happiness.”
He and a small crew of construction workers-in-training are remodeling the once vacant house in Marlborough neighborhood of Kansas City. They have all gone through their own hard times.