“A Brush with Kindness” Repairs Program
Old Colony Habitat for Humanity has worked hard to translate the priorities and objectives set for the “A Brush with Kindness Program” to an effective plan of action that brings needed support to families throughout our Bristol and Norfolk County service area. The program began in the fall of 2014 and has been funded through generous contributions from The Peach Pit Foundation, Bristol County Savings Bank, Mansfield Bank, Webster Bank and Rockland Trust Bank. Since its start in November 2014, Old Colony’s “A Brush with Kindness” has completed many projects for eligible families. Some of our completed projects are noted below:
A New Roof for Gary
Our “A Brush With Kindness” program completed a new roof for Gary in Norton. The project was delayed for a few weeks while we waited for the weather to cooperate. Gary is happy to have a repaired roof on his home and looks forward to getting his ceiling repaired now that the roof is completed.
October 2015 – January 2016
A Talking Thermostat for Janice A long term Norton resident, Janice has progressively lost her eye sight over the past decade and now is nearly totally blind. What a wonderful experience it has been getting to know and support Janice. She is totally independent, lives in her own home and carries on with life with vitality and passion. The ABWK team has begun work at Janice’s house, completing the installation of a talking digital thermostat, and delivering new storm doors. The team will be back within the next two weeks to complete installation of her new doors and to double check that all of her windows and doors are properly sealed for the winter.
Ceiling Repairs for Margaret
Margaret has been plagued with falling ceilings in her mobile home since last winters’ heavy snow fall. Her roof damage was repaired by her insurance company, but the ceilings in her home were left stained and hanging. The ABWK team led by Building Committee Chair Carl Adler, worked for a total of 4 weekends in December and January (2016) to repair, replace and repaint Margaret’s ceilings. Her home is now complete with ceilings in all rooms, and with no unsightly water stains.
The project brought together a wonderful group of students from Bridgewater State University as well as students from King Philip High School and Tri-County Vocational School. We are hoping that volunteer participation by local colleges and high schools will continue to grow as our need for additional volunteer support expands in the coming months and years.
June – September, 2015
A Ramp for Pat in Attleboro
A call from Attleboro Services for the Elderly initiated our work to provide a new ramp for Pat. A recent amputee resulting from Diabetes, Pat was restricted to her home with no safe way to exit. An old wooden ramp located at the side entrance was rejected by the city for safety reasons and our team prepared the area for the installation of a new all aluminum, code approved ramp. Pat now has easy access to and from her home and is able to continue on with her daily routine and activities.
Window and Gutter Repairs for Robyn in Norton
Robyn lives alone in her small and well-kept home in Norton. Recent eye surgery combined with a fixed income has made it extremely difficult for Robyn to deal with regular and routine home maintenance issues. Her request for assistance included the replacement of gutters on her home and the replacement of a badly deteriorated bay window. We were very fortunate to have received a donation of a new bay window from Lowes of North Attleboro that was the correct size! The project was completed over a period of two weekends. Robyn is both relieved and excited that her home is once again safe, dry and secure.
January – May, 2015
Gary in Norton
The A Brush with Kindness team worked hard to demolish an existing steel tub and surround in Gary’s trailer home and replace it with a new walk-in shower. The project included major repairs and pipe replacement due to excessive rust, but the end result has provided Gary (a Korean War Veteran) with an accessible, fresh and clean shower. We are scheduling some additional ceiling work for Gary in the month of November to repair some ceiling damage caused by last winter’s heavy snows.
Kasha in Norton
We assisted Kasha the last week in March and the first week in April. Kasha was plagued with a serious leak in a copper feed pipe positioned below her hot water heater. The ABWK team made the necessary repairs to the leaking water line. While we were working with Kasha, the team also repaired her kitchen faucet and drain. We are confident the repairs completed will save Kasha from major repairs that might have resulted from water leakage.
The Rehoboth Senior Center Shed build
Although a bit of a change in our primary focus, the ABWK team responded to a request from the Rehoboth Senior Center to help them build a shed to support their outdoor club activities. After the Center completed a fundraising initiative that raised all of the resources necessary to complete the project, the ABWK team went to work in April! In two days we were able to construct a two room shed that will serve the members of the Center well for many years to come!
February – March, 2015
Peggy in Rehoboth
Responding to a call for assistance from Bristol County Eder Care, the Old Colony Habitat ABWK team removed, cleaned and installed a new bathroom vanity and sink as well as a new toilet in Peggy’s home. Peggy is an octogenarian living alone and over time has lost control of her house cleaning chores. The Old Colony Habitat team repaired the critical issues listed by the local health department required to
move Peggy back into her home.
Deb in Mansfield
The ABWK Team took on a structural repair for a family in Mansfield. Their 100 year old home needed new structural columns in the basement after old rotted wooden posts were removed. Our team sized, cut and installed new permanent lolly columns, assuring long term stability of the house structure.
From Deb, to the ABWK Team: “Just wanted to thank you and your fellow workers for helping us out yesterday. It was truly appreciated!”
November – December, 2014
Nancy in North Attleboro
Removal and replacement of living room and dining room ceilings. The project included complete removal of the existing collapsed ceiling, repair of electrical circuits, and repair of soffit area in dining room, installation and finishing of a new gypsum board ceiling. The project also included exterior yard work as well an interior painting in all areas repaired.
From Nancy: “I would like to give my whole hearted thanks to Manny for his understanding of my situation, and his commitment to keeping the time schedule and the completion of my home project. I was impressed with the team’s hard work to support my home project and his crew. Nick and crew were always there promptly on each Saturday. They worked with speed and professionalism. I feel that the crew’s knowledge and workmanship is exceptional. I want to sincerely thank them for their commitment and help which has taken a great burden of worry from me. Their Brush of Kindness has made my home more of a home.”
To volunteer helping improve lives with our “ABWK” repairs program, for more information, or to apply for needed repairs please visit our “A Brush With Kindness” page or contact us at 508-399-1781 or email our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.