Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church recently worked with Handyman Corps, the USAA, and Duty First Consulting to repair the home of Andrew and Judy.
Andrew spent the first six years of his life in a Native American reservation. His family moved to the Buffalo, NY, area and he later joined the army. He eventually settled down in Northern Virginia after traveling around the U.S. after his tour of service. He spent some time living with his sister before getting a job at a government employee market. It’s there he met fellow employee and future wife Judy, who he married in 1966.
The couple has faced serious health problems. Judy was born legally blind, and Andrew had to have a triple bypass surgery due to a heart attack. However, the surgeon removed the wrong artery. He had to have one of his legs amputated due to complications from that surgical mistake.
The couple doesn’t let their health keep them down. Judy works in customer service for an HVAC company. Andrew drives her to work every day and waits for her in the parking lot or visits other stores in the area. He also spends his time painting and making figurines inspired by his Native American heritage.
Handyman Corps volunteers replaced the couple’s railings, repaired their ramp, and repaired their doors and door frames. Andrew worked alongside the Handyman Corps volunteers as much as he could.
USAA and Duty First Consulting volunteers installed a raised toilet, a carbon monoxide detector, and cleaned out their drains. Volunteers also painted their ramp to help preserve it and smooth out any splinters. They also painted their roof white to help keep their home cool in the summer by reflecting sun light.
After the work was completed, Andrew called Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church and said, “It’s only been a day, but I miss everybody like heck already.”