Hundreds of volunteers will come together May 29 to 31, to work on 15 homes owned by low-income families, install a playground and revitalize the surrounding community with landscaping and other services.
Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions at home account for many of the leading causes of preventable fatality, illness and disability in the United States today. Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities, and it’s partners in conjunction with the National Healthy Homes Conference will lead a major three-day Building a Healthy Neighborhood project in Nashville, TN.
These are the stories of families whose homes will be made safer and healthier through critical repairs made by volunteers and skilled trades people at the Building a Healthy Neighborhood rebuild project. Follow the project on Facebook, @RebldgTogthr, @RTnashville and #rtbahn.
Meet homeowner Jewell:
Jewell moved to McFerrin Park a few years after Estella and Willie and chose the house across the street. For the past 30 years, she and her late husband have enjoyed the community and their neighbors. Jewell has a huge heart and gives freely despite a tight budget. A few years ago, she took custody of a young girl who needed a loving home and someone to raise her. There was no hesitation and she’s made many personal sacrifices. The 6 year-old loves cheerleading, reading books, making art and attending Girl Scout meetings. The carpeting in her house is presenting numerous health concerns and she is very excited to have it removed. Her knees are wearing out and she worries about tripping on the carpet and falling. The carpet is also trapping in dust and allergens that make it difficult to breathe. Jewell is most appreciative of the help she is receiving and excited to see the volunteers.