Preserving Communities Through Home Repair
Beverly and Walter White have lived in their home for over 30 years. They raised their three kids there. A cancer survivor and retired deputy sheriff, Beverly has worked since she was 15 years old.
“After my diagnosis, I knew I wanted to enjoy my life,” she said. “I retired so I could spend my time enjoying it.”
Her enjoyment was disrupted in August 2021, when Hurricane Ida caused major damage to her home, blowing portions of the roof off and the windows in, allowing rain to damage the sheetrock inside their bedroom. Though they put tarps up, without timely roof repairs, the tarps blew away and more water got inside, bringing mold.
It wasn’t until January 2022 that she learned of Habitat’s home repair program. Though she had shopped at the ReStores for years (“They have nice stuff that’s reasonably priced”), she was unaware of the program until a chance encounter with Habitat staff over the New Year holiday. With support through grants and donations to Habitat’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, the home repair team was able to repair her entire roof and the damaged sheetrock.
“I absolutely love the people who came out,” she said of the home repair team. “They are very knowledgeable and very helpful. Now we are back in our own space. It was a blessing.”