Volunteers Repair Senior Citizens' Homes


Keeping up with home repairs can be tough for senior citizens. The repairs are costly and labor intensive, so one organization stepped in to help.

Anny Brooks has lived in her house for more than 30 years. Over time the list of repairs that need to be done has added up and Brooks isn’t able to do them. "I'm disabled, had gotten sick and had to take early retirement and you know things are costly nowadays."

When she heard about Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that would do the work for free, she applied. She was ecstatic to find out her house was chosen. "When they picked me, this is like a load off my shoulders because it's a heavy burden when you have things you want to get done and you need to get done and you can't afford it."

Saturday, volunteers began to make those repairs. “We are replacing quite a bit of paneling inside and doing some plaster work,” said Michael Downey. They will also do electrical work and replace a railing, making sure everything is safe. Then next Saturday, they will paint inside and outside.

"I was just so excited. It seems like its extreme makeover to me because I'm just so appreciative of everything they do,” said Brooks.

She’s not the only one. Eight-hundred volunteers will renovate 26 homes in Omaha east of 52nd Street. The volunteers say they are happy to help others. "It gives us the opportunity to give back and I'll tell you, this is my second year with the project and you just walk away from the project feeling so good,” said Downey.

For more information on the organization, visit: http://www.rebuildingtogetheromaha.org/.


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