June 29, 2011 by wcobserver
By Steve Winkler
West Fork resident Bonnie Martin got more than just a helping hand when 48 skilled and unskilled volunteers from Arvest, AT&T, and other area businesses and churches converged on her modest home with hammers, saws and a lot of energy.
The home rehabilitation in West Fork was one of eight projects under way June 11 by Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas, a locally funded, non-profit organization serving Benton and Washington Counties. Their goal is less concerned with cosmetic considerations and more focused on creating homes that are “warm, safe and dry,” explained Cathy Foraker a spokesperson for Rebuilding Together who is employed by AT&T.
“Finding the right homeowner can be a problem,” said Foraker. The organization seeks to help people who have worked their whole lives to buy a home, but for some reason are having difficulty maintaining it. Mrs. Martin, a widow of 13 years, lives in the home she and her late husband built over 40 years ago but at age 85 is unable to keep up with repairs.
Rebuilding Together installed a new roof, siding, soffit, and fascia, repaired an exterior wall and replaced the front porch and steps. Randy Evans was project coordinator.
Mrs. Martin was delighted with the work, “They did a wonderful job; everything is great. They cleaned outside, too.” She said she found out about the organization from a neighbor who mentioned to her about help with weatherization.
For more information or to volunteer call Rebuilding Together 479.725.2488.