Miami couple’s home saved by volunteers

September 13, 2012 by  

After tropical storm Isaac devastated many parts of Miami at the end of August, Elvin and Theressia Thompson’s home of five decades was left with major leaks. It is on the road to recovery, however, thanks to the generosity of a local organization.

The sunny, yellow, three-bedroom home win which the Thompsons had raised a family was damaged beyond their capability to repair it. The non-profit philanthropic organization known as ‘Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade’ stepped in, however, and the Thompsons’ home was saved. More than forty volunteers descended upon the home and made over $14,000 worth of renovations, with all repairs completed free of charge.

The act of kindness was part of Home Depot’s veteran initiative, in partnership with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade. Four other veterans’ homes in the city were renovated as part of a two-month initiative to celebrate and honor U.S. military veterans. Within a five day period, 100 veterans’ homes across the nation were repaired and improved.

Programs and initiatives like this might well end up being advertised to let the public know that the veterans are not being forgotten. Poster printing explaining the program or flyer printing outlining the merits and benefits of the program should ideally be made available to everyone.

The Thompsons were flabbergasted at the end of the renovation, when much more than just the leaky roof was repaired. The team of volunteers repaired the roof, ceiling, and walls that had water damage and repainted them. They also replaced the rough, plywood floors with new tile and laminate. The pink and blue tiles in the bathroom were also stripped bare and replaced with a new tub, toilet, and modern wood vanity.

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