Lily has lived in her Redwood City home for over 50 years. She moved there from Seattle to work for a California pharmaceutical company. It’s also where she met her husband and raised her daughter.
Lisa, Lily’ neighbor, saw Rebuilding Together Peninsula in action during National Rebuilding Day. After learning more about them, Lisa realized this is exactly what Lily needed. Lily was a bit nervous filling out the application so Lisa helped her throughout the entire process.
Lily, now retired, has lived alone in the house since her husband, a U.S. veteran, passed away. Her fixed income made it impossible for her to do home repairs herself. Lisa was worried about Lily’s safety. She told Rebuilding Together Peninsula, “Her home is in terrible condition. It needs a new paint job, possibly a roof, maybe a window or two, the fence is falling down, and landscaping is badly needed. Everything is dirt or weeds.”
Lily said, “This will be tremendous,” once she found out she was getting free critical home repairs.
Forty volunteers from Rebuilding Together Peninsula put in new windows, updated Lily’s gas line’s safety, landscaped the lawn, updated the electrical panel, installed a new washer, dryer, and fridge, added a handrail, painted, fixed the drywall, and much more. The sponsors were Bumble Los Altos and Cody|Brock and Brian and Mary Heffernan spearheaded the project.
Lily Abt, from Rebuilding Together Peninsula, said Lily was always gracious, charming, and in disbelief that she was receiving this kind of help at no charge.
You can see a video about Lily here.