Community Involvement
Superior Court Judges, Court Commissioners, and Staff Brighten Tacoma
Nothing brightens a home like a new coat of paint; and nothing brings a smile to a homeowner like having others do the painting. Homeowner Valerie Troger is smiling a lot these days, as the Pierce County Superior Court Judges, Commissioners and staff have spent four Mondays this summer pressure washing, scraping, priming and painting her house.

Headed by Judge Stephanie Arend and Judge Vicki Hogan, most of the 22 Judges and 7 Commissioners, as well as several court staff, and family members participated in the project. "We had nearly 100 percent participation from the judges and commissioners. We were also joined by employees of Gray Lumber and Sandy's Concrete," Arend said. Those who couldn't help paint contributed by bringing food and beverages for the workers or providing funds to acquire a few extra touches to further brighten up Ms. Troger's home. For example, many years ago a portion of the concrete pad on the front porch was cut away for a planter. The hole in the porch was filled and the porch graced with 2 beautiful cushioned chairs, a small table, an exquisite pot of plants, new house numbers, a hanging basket of flowers, and a whimsical frog. The flower beds got a boost of mulch. The missing sections of fence were replaced. The home is lovely and Valerie was overwhelmed.

"They have transformed my house � it looks beautiful," the 71-year-old Troger said. "They are a wonderful group of people, my goodness. I enjoy having them here."

Divorced and the mother of two adult sons, Troger qualified for the program as a low-income senior citizen. She has resided in the home on North 28th Street for more than 30 years and said it hadn't been painted in at least 10 years. She came to Tacoma in the 1960s from Australia and worked in office positions for several local firms.

This is the fourth year that Superior Court has participated in the Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful project, which is sponsored by Associated Ministries of Pierce County. "As public servants, we understand the importance of contributing to our community. The Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful project provides the members of the judiciary with a unique and tangible way to make a difference," Arend said.

The judges were assigned the Troger home by Sallie Shawl of Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful. Since 1985 when the program began, 1654 homes have been painted by crews from churches, service clubs, unions, businesses, schools, local government and military employee groups and individuals.