CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An area nonprofit and a business are helping a Charlottesville woman with some much needed home repairs.

New City Manager Tarron Richardson stopped by to take a look at the work volunteers were doing early Wednesday, August 28.

Brenda Johnson-James spent decades giving back to Charlottesville in nursing care. Now, thanks to Tiger Fuel Company and the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), her Riverside Avenue home is getting a makeover.

Johnson-James has lived in the home since 1994, and could not afford several key repairs. AHIP helped her sister and neighbor with repairs, which inspired Johnson-James to reach out to the nonprofit for help. The team is putting floor molding in her basement, and repaired her back and front porch. Her water heater broke in back in December 2018, and a plumbing issue made her water bill skyrocket.

"They did a lot of plumbing work, which helped me out a lot because it was making my water bill go up so high, and they did all of that,” said Johnson-James.

AHIP has been helping families in Albemarle County and Charlottesville since 1969. The nonprofit currently has over 400 people on its waitlist, and chooses who to help based on how serious the home repair issue is.

Johnson-James says she just plans to go out and enjoy her back deck that she would never go out on before.