Just a few blocks from the Recreation Center, Brenda, Vernell, and their eight-year-old son Trey live in a family home inherited from Vernell’s mother.
The home needed significant work when they moved in. For years they relied on friends willing to do the necessary jobs at low cost, but lacked the confidence to let them tackle some of the most urgently needed repairs – the bathroom, kitchen, electrical, and structural support.
When Brenda and Vernell saw a flyer with Habitat’s information, they had a good feeling that the Home Repair Program would finally be a solution that could move them forward.
The biggest day-to-day change since the completion of the repairs, which included a brand new kitchen and bathroom? “It’s much easier to get in and out of the shower,” Brenda says. “The grab bars make a big difference.”
Eight-year-old Trey benefits from Habitat’s work outside of the home, too, when he attends summer camp at the busy Recreation Center.
Since the completion of their project, Brenda continues to refer neighbors to take advantage of Habitat’s new safety package for Sharswood residents. This Neighborhood Revitalization effort led by the Home Repair Program provides an exterior light, address plate, handrail, and mailbox for homeowners.