Elizabeth proudly serves her community as a bus driver for children with special needs in Roanoke, VA. She always has a smile and a sweet laugh to welcome guests to her home. She has lived in her home for 62 years- she was born, raised and then raised her children in the same home. After the loss of her husband last fall, she was left to maintain the home by herself.
Over the years, the bathroom flooring has rotted, the wooden siding has become worn, and the home has begun to show additional signs of age. Thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Rebuilding Together Roanoke and the Building Specialist Team, a local custom home building company, will be able to provide the critical repairs to Elizabeth’s home. These repairs will allow Elizabeth to remain in her home for years to come.
The Building Specialist Team of 30 volunteers, including 14 subcontractors are donating their skills to completely demo the kitchen and most of the bathroom. The kitchen will receive new cabinets, countertops, appliances, floor, electrical and plumbing. The walls replaced will be patched and insulation added where needed. In the bathroom they will replace the floor around the toilet, floor joist, install a new toilet and vanity, light fixtures and add grab bars for the bath tub area. Both of these rooms will then get fresh paint.
The team will also address concerns to the outside of the home. Making repairs to the screened porch, wooden siding on the house and soffits. They also plan to add a railing to the front porch and to paint the exterior of the house.
“Building Specialists has helped for many years with Rebuilding Together and really appreciate the work this organization does in the Valley and around the United States,” said Sandy Murray, the Director of Marketing for Building Specialists. “Many of our employees volunteer in the community and enjoy helping people in need. We are happy to be able to share our contacts in the trade industry and make a difference in someone’s life. After meeting Elizabeth we were so excited to help anyway we can. She is so sweet and appreciative of everything.”
Special thanks for the following companies who helped make this project possible: Building Specialists employees, Carpet Village Inc., Cash Building Supply, Carter’s Cabinet Shop, Chad Wheeler, Davenport, Drywall/Thincoat Specialists, Ferguson Enterprises, JB Plumbing, John T. Morgan Roofing, Organize It Roanoke, Shively Electric, Star City Welding, The Sign Factory, Tubs R Us, Vinton Appliance Center.
This project is part of National Rebuilding Month, a nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for America’s low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April leading up to National Rebuilding Day on April 26, an annual culmination of the month’s events. Last year across the country, more than 50,000 volunteers served at over 3,000 affiliate-led rebuild projects during the month of April. National Rebuilding Month is embraced by community leaders and national corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America in a single month. Follow the projects at on Facebook and Twitter (#rtnrm). Learn more at, www.rebuildingtogether.org/nrm2014/