Helping Hands Make a Dream a Reality
What is your childhood dream? What have you always wanted to do or have?
For Ms. Cassine Walker, that dream became a reality 3 years ago at age 64. With the help of her brother, they were able to pool years worth of savings and buy a fixer-upper right across the street from her parents. Although the house needed loads of work, it was perfect because it kept her within a few feet of her parents’ home to help care for them. She and her brother were able and excited to fix up her home.
Immediately, she began purchasing materials for her home so repairs could begin. Unfortunately, robbers took notice and broke into her home. Despite the setback, Ms. Walker was determined to turn this place into her dream home. To protect her home and the items left in it, her brother began living in the house. “It wasn’t fit for nobody or nothing to live there,” recalls Ms. Walker.
As things were starting to fall into place, Ms. Walker unexpectedly became sick. She spent time in the hospital and eventually stayed with her sister for several months because she was unable to take care of herself. Ms. Walker had to face sizeable medical bills and monthly prescription costs to help with her breathing and respiratory difficulties. Where most people would have given up, Ms. Walker stayed strong in her resolve. “I just knew the good Lord had a plan for me, but I had no idea what that was.”
Despite seldom asking for help, she applied for help from another agency. Three times she was turned down. Finally, through Rebuilding Together Dayton, she was matched with Roger and Sue, house captains, who wanted to help. With Shiloh Church helping to sponsor the project, Ms. Walker began to see her dream coming to fruition.
On National Rebuilding Day this year, Ms. Walker watched as a whole crew came in to work on her home. “Every wall had a hole in it, the bathroom was gutted, and many places had no drywall,” remembers Ms. Walker. The one day overhaul included projects such as fixing a hole in the ceiling, complete bathroom overhaul, new doors, plumbing and electrical work, hanging drywall, lots of painting, replacing a termite eaten beam, hanging cabinets, and yard work. The majority of work was completed April 28th, making her home a safe and healthy place to live. “When I go in I smile because I know what it was like before and how it is now,” describes Ms. Walker.
As she sits on her front porch, Ms. Walker marvels, “They did a magnificent job! You could say they rebuilt my house together.”