Volunteers Rebuild Homes for Low-Income Elderly

From trimming to power washing, Hartford volunteers joined forces Saturday morning to help renovate homes for the low-income elderly.

Over 50 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Hartford collaborated with Hartford's Livable Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative Saturday morning. The group headed to Hartford starting at 7:30 a.m. to donate their time, energy and expertise.

Volunteers spent the morning cleaning gutters, repairing doors, replacing mailboxes and doing yard work at four Hartford homes.

"These are people who have not been sighted for blight, but we want to help them before they do," said Jodie Liddy, executive director of Rebuilding Together Hartford.

"The morale is good," said volunteer Art Snyder. "Even though it's warm, it's good. We have plenty of water."

Volunteers helped with homes located on Wolcott Street, Cornwall Street, Rosemont Street and Amherst Street. The long-term plan is to complete renovations on 16 homes in a year's time.

"I respect these people for coming in and want to thank them and hope everybody has a good, safe day," said homeowner Michael Downes, a Vietnam veteran and substitute teacher. "I appreciate what they're doing for me."

Saturday renovations are expected to continue until 3 p.m.

This fall, organizers plan to tackle eight more homes and are looking for volunteers to help get the job done. If you're interested in lending a hand, visit www.rthartford.org for more information.

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