“This house is special to the community,” says Ken.
Unfortunately, Ken quickly realized that like much of the other aging housing stock in Philadelphia, his new home was in need of extensive repairs.
“I put the pressure on me to fix it myself,” said Ken.
The bathroom was a center of stress for Ken in his home. He needed extensive plumbing repairs, flooring, and a new toilet, shower, vanity, and sink. While working to make these repairs himself, Ken joined his local YMCA to gain access to a working bathroom. The back-and-forth to the YMCA and constant stress of repairing his home added an extra layer of anxiety to Ken’s daily life.
Through another veteran, Ken learned of the Habitat Philadelphia Veteran Corps Home Repair Program. He applied and a year later, he met the Habitat team and Craig, our Repair Site Supervisor.
Craig oversaw the work on Ken’s home, and the two instantly formed a friendship over their shared past as Army Veterans. Ken enjoyed working and learning alongside Craig: