Friday, August 13, 2010

VOLUNTEERS REPAIR HOMES FOR AUSTIN RESIDENTS ON NATIONAL REBUILDING DAY

Surrounded by volunteers, Mayor Daley explains that Rebuilding Together is the true spirit of Chicago, with neighbors helping neighbors. (Photo by Kevin Hayes)

Three months ago, an army of volunteers from the Chicago Department of Community Development descended upon Austin to help repair and refurbish homes for seniors and the handicapped with limited financial abilities. The annual event was part of a national program known as Rebuilding Together that works in partnership with communities to help rehabilitate the residences of low-income homeowners, including seniors and the disabled.
    “The homeowners that are being helped today have made an investment in the City, and we are helping them with repairs and upgrades so that they can remain in their communities,” said Department of Community Development 1st Deputy Commissioner Ellen Sahli. “These modifications will allow them to continue to enjoy living independently for years to come.”
    The department and its volunteers worked to rehab the home of Minnie Mingo, 74, in the 600 block of North Lorel Avenue, where she has lived for more than 39 years.
    Thanks to this program, her house got a new roof, siding and trim on the fa├žade, energy-efficient windows, refurbished front steps and a wrought iron fence, plus grab-bars in the bathroom.
    Ms Mingo learned about the Rebuilding Together program at a CAPS meeting and was encouraged to apply.
    The Chicago Chapter of Rebuilding Together and its team of 3,500 volunteers made repairs to 48 homes in Chicago and the suburbs. All time, labor, and materials are contributed.
    For information about Rebuilding Together, call 312/201-1188 or visit their website at www.rebuildingtogether-chi.com.
Workers take a moment to pose with Mayor Daley. (Photo by Kevin Hayes)

County Board President Todd Stroger chats with Austin residents. (Photo by Kevin Hayes)
The Mayor talks with plumbers and other craftsmen volunteering their skills on National Rebuilding Day. (Photo by Kevin Hayes)

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