Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
Volunteers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, including four deputies and eight inmates, teamed up to replace the roof on a home on Law Street in Rocky Mount.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Volunteers from STEP (Support to Eliminate Poverty), Franklin County Habitat for Humanity and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office partnered with Rebuilding Together-Roanoke last weekend to bring much needed repairs to two Rocky Mount homes.
As part of the 15th annual National Rebuilding Day, the organizations, along with numerous local volunteers, spent Saturday providing free repairs to one home on Green Meadow Lane and one on Law Street.
Both homes received a full roof replacement with the Green Meadow Lane home receiving work to the gutter system, weatherization around the water heater, updated bathroom fixtures and a freshly painted back door.
"The repairs mean a great deal to me," said homeowner Annie Wright, who has lived in the home on Green Meadow Lane for 16 years.
"I haven't had much done to the house since I've been here," she said. "I did have to sell my car to afford a new washer, dryer and hot water tank. This (Saturday's repairs) takes a lot off my shoulders."
Over 20 volunteers came out for the Green Meadow Lane project and 12 volunteers, including four deputies and eight inmates, reported for the Law Street project.
"We handpicked the crew for our project," said Duane Amos, who was the coordinator for the Law Street project. "The deputies and inmates here all have experience in construction."
Each year, Rebuilding Together-Roanoke joins Rebuilding Together affiliates bringing together thousands of community volunteers to provide free home repairs and modifications for low-income homeowners. Some of those homeowners include senior citizens, persons with disabilities, families in need and military veterans and their families.
"Rebuilding Together-Roanoke does this work every year for people who legitimately need help," said Amos. "We would love to do a fall event this year for veterans and their families."
Over $8,000 worth of work was completed on the homes this weekend with donated materials from Lowe's, Home Depot and other home supply stores.
"This is the first time Franklin County has participated and we're hoping to do this every year," said Mike Smith, coordinator of the Green Meadow Lane project.
There was no cost to the organizations, Smith said.
"The volunteers and labor were worth a million bucks," he said.
The sheriff's office's participation this year was brought on by an idea from Ed Murray, a member of the sheriff's office's Citizen Academy. Murray thought it would be a good way for the sheriff's office to get out and help others.
"And, of course, the sheriff's office was immediately on board," said Amos. "We are so happy to be able to help this homeowner and the Lord has blesses us with pretty weather for the work we are doing today."
Law Street homeowner, Rachel Hodges, said she is "thrilled to death" with the work on her roof.
"I can't believe all the volunteers and all they are doing to help me," she said.
Hodges has been sitting pots and pans around her home every time it rained for the past two years. She said she recently noticed a water spot forming on the ceiling right above her bed.
"I wondered how I would ever afford to get my roof replaced," said Hodges.
Now that her roof has been replaced, Hodges said she plans to throw those old pots and pans away.
"I think I'll just buy new ones," she said. "The old ones bring too many bad memories."
Rebuilding Together focuses on providing critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes at no cost to service recipients. Their impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country.
Rebuilding Together completes more than 100 rebuild projects a year, thanks to the efforts of more than 1,100 volunteers from local businesses, organizations and community groups.
To learn more, visit www.rebuildingtogetherroanoke.org.