“It really is a blessing” – Homeowners receive free repairs from volunteers
ST. LOUIS– Hundreds of volunteers crouched down to repair homes in the St. Louis area to improve the quality of life for homeowners.
In the Baden district, a woman turning 30 in her home watched her get a much needed TLC.
Rebuilding St. Louis together with several partners began with the steps leading up to Roberta Parks’ house. She said she was blessed to see it come together and delighted to invite guests to the place she calls home.
The noise happening in the Baden district is divine sound, according to Roberta Parks.
“Oh my God! I jumped for joy! I called everyone I knew!” Parks said.
She learned that after living on Annetta Street for a long time, her home was next for the nonprofit Rebuilding Together St. Louis to make it much safer and more comfortable.
“When we do that, we immediately see what a difference it makes in someone’s life,” said Elaine Powers, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together St. Louis.
The organization and several partners like Keeley Construction will spend their time making improvements to homes for the elderly, veterans and people with disabilities. Organizers say it gives owners a sense of pride and independence.
Powers said the recipients’ responses are, “Before, I couldn’t see. When I need to go to the bathroom at night, now I can see. I can reach for the switch. I can safely lower the laundry and I am no longer afraid of falling.
“Oh, that’s a real blessing,” Parks said. “I can’t believe this is happening to me. They make repairs for me that I couldn’t have done on my own.
Much of the repair for Parks involves the stairs to his house.
“No one who came to my house liked them. They were dangerous and the railings were wobbly, ”Parks said. “On the back steps, the nails were sticking out of the wood. ”
They also paint the kitchen, fix loose tiles, and replace broken ceiling fans. Two hundred volunteers will make the same improvements to 20 households in the city and county of St. Louis throughout the fall.
It is a thrilling and emotional experience at the same time.
“It’s kind of a once in a lifetime experience. Sometimes we cry. Sometimes we laugh, but ultimately we see great things, ”Powers said.
Home is where the heart is, and as Parks looks at the work on her home on Annetta Street, she’s already prouder to call it his own.
“The people who walked up the steps have said before that they really like my steps,” Parks said. “Everyone has completed these steps. ”
If you want to get on the repair list, you need to call the organization and they will ask you a few questions to verify your eligibility. You can find out more about how to help by contacting Rebuilding Together St. Louis.
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