Debbie has lived in her house for 26 years. She and her husband moved in shortly after they married. They raised their kids there, watching them turn into adults and move on to their own homes. Debbie so many memories built into her home. She loves it.
But when her husband recently passed away, she didn't know how she could maintain it. "I just haven't had a way to keep it up," she said. The chimney started leaning. ("I was afraid it would just fall off," said Debbie.) The porch and the siding needed to be repaired. Debbie didn't know what to do.
But then she learned about Habitat Kent's Brush with Kindness program, which helps people like her, who already own a home, complete repairs and renovations to keep the home in good shape. Two ABWK volunteer crews helped remove the chimney, repair the siding, and renovate her porch. And Debbie was right there with them, learning the tools and skills and pitching in on her own repairs.
Debbie had to fight back tears as she explained just how much ABWK has meant to her:
It's huge. I can't express how grateful I am that everyone has come here to help. They've all been wonderful. They've all been amazing. These people are so giving and kind.