AHIP, Tiger Fuel Volunteers Fixed Up Charlottesville Woman's Home
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Community members are rallying around a women living in Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood.
Volunteers from Albemarle Housing Improvement Program and Tiger Fuel worked together Wednesday on several projects to upgrade Pat Stickel's home. She has lived in the home for more than 35 years.
Volunteers built a ramp so she can safely exit her home and cleared brush and weeds over-growing in her backyard. AHIP has been making improvement to Stickel's home over the course of several months to make sure it's safe for her and her family.
"I can't thank them enough," Stickel said. "I get really disgusted with myself because that was my job. I did the weeding, I took care of flowers, I used to have flower gardens and I can't do that stuff anymore."
During the course of their work, volunteers got to see Stickel's collection of more than 20,000 frogs inside her home.
"We had some fun uncovering some frogs that maybe were lost for a little while," said President of Tiger Fuel Gordon Sutton.
In addition to the work going on outside of the house, AHIP volunteers also replaced Stickel's HVAC system and repaired her roof and issues with her plumbing.