A group of volunteers helped a Charlottesville woman with a life-changing home makeover Monday. The repairs will revamp a home in desperate need of modernizing.
The project was made possible by a partnership with Wells Fargo and the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP).
Monday a dozen Wells Fargo volunteers from across Virginia descended on the home of 81-year-old Inez McGruder in the 10th and Page neighborhood in Charlottesville. Volunteers were hard at work on upgrades that would make the home safer.
The group started repairs by putting a coat of fresh paint on the outside of the house. They will also be installing new windows, a new half bath in the downstairs level and a new chair lift for McGruder.
Organizers say it's all about personal connections and investing the future of the community.
Ravi Respeto, the director of development and marketing for AHIP said, "It's about corporate citizenship really at its best and really to do that, you need to come out here and meet the client. You need to see what they're going through. You need to understand their needs and build that relationship."
Wells Fargo also presented a $15,000 check to AHIP Monday afternoon in front of the home.
McGruder's home was chosen for repairs through a community block grant. Energy improvements will also be made to make her life a little bit easier. The cost of critical repairs to the home is around $25,000.
AHIP / Wells Fargo Press Release
Beginning at 9 am today, members of Wells Fargo Central Virginia region are putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of Mrs. McGruders home, a resident in the 10th and Page community for the past 50 years in a home built in 1926. The 81-year old widower hasn't been able to keep up with major fixes to her home in the City of Charlottesville, and the cost of critical repairs now approaches $25,000. The only bathroom in the house is upstairs and it has become progressively more difficult for her to go up and down the stairs. Plans for her home include the installation of a half bath downstairs, remodeling the kitchen, new roof, plumbing and electrical upgrades, new windows and other energy improvements certified by the LEAP program.
Wells Fargo and the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program are partnering to help build public awareness about emergency home repairs for low income seniors, keeping them safe, healthy and comfortable in their homes. Last year, 92 senior citizens were able to get help from AHIP; in 2013, Seniors Safe at Home seeks to help more than 110 families with rehab or repair work.
"Our giving and volunteerism is not about charity, it's about intelligent and thoughtful investing in the future of our communities where our customers and team members live and work. All around you can see team members rolling up their sleeves out in the community-teaching money management, building homes, and mentoring youth. The compassion is inspiring. Our success has as much to do with attitude as aptitude-what is in our hearts not just our heads." Tommye Arnold, Wells Fargo Community Relations Coordinator.
With generous support from campaign sponsor Wells Fargo, a total of $15,000 will be donated toward repairs of the home.
About AHIP – AHIP, Charlottesville and Albemarle's home repair nonprofit, helps keep our neighbors in need safe, warm and dry in their homes. For more than 35 years, AHIP has helped thousands of families with critical home repairs—small, urgent repairs, on up to large home rehabilitations and replacements. AHIP can build a handicap ramp for a senior citizen or a replacement home for a family living without indoor plumbing—and everything in between. For more information, visit www.ahipva.org.
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