Rebuilding New Homes Together
Published April 28th, 2012
"I'm excited to have a room now...with a closet," said Kristen Grezlik.
She and her father Anthony Grezlik are one step closer to a safer and warmer home today.
"There were times I couldn't have her over the house because it was either too hot or too cold," Anthony said.
With no insulation in the house and after four years of trying to finish working on his home, this veteran is thankful to the help from a program call Rebuilding Together. The program brings together volunteers who want to lend their neighbors a hand. Their goal is to provide safer and healthier homes.
"We look for those who are elderly, disabled, low-income, can't provide on their own and we help them fix their home," said Melisa Miller, executive director of Rebuilding Together.
Whether its painting, roof repairs, fixing windows or just fixing up a room for a girl like kristen, these volunteers help with it all.
Besides walking away with paint on their clothes and hair...volunteers walk away with something that will last much longer.
"There's a tremendous sense of satisfaction," said Sarah Hernendez, a volunteer Leader. "A lot of people that we work with can't physically do the repairs themselves. So we are helping them get back on their feet or to a situation where they can do better."
This home is one of 47 in Gainesville that's been worked on this month, and one among the eight thousand homes nationwide.
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Although today marks the end of their spring event, there are still other opportunities for you to pick up a hammer or a paint roller and help a neighbor out. For more information visit their website www.rebuildingtogetherncf.org.
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