Lexington Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial has teamed up for the Love Your Neighborhood project. The recipient of this amazing opportunity is Renata Cruz who needs critical repairs to her home on Tulane Drive.
Staff and volunteers from Young Realtors of the Bluegrass and Thrivent Financial got together to make the repairs to her house. Ms. Cruz is a 64 year old homeowner that has been wheelchair bound. She is unable to make the necessary repairs to her home due to her physical limitations.
Repairs were made to the interior and exterior of the house. They removed torn carpet, painted the side of the garage, cleaned up the fallen limbs from the trees in her back yard, and also trimmed up the front of the house. Eventually, all HVAC, roof, plumbing, drywall, gutters, hot water heater, door handles, and broken windows will either be repaired or replaced.
The Love Your Neighborhood program has been a broader strategy within Lexington Habitat for Humanity. It is meant to strengthen and revitalize the community in Lexington. Lexington Habitat Executive Director Rachel Childress says that Love Your Neighborhood “provides Lexington Habitat with a valuable opportunity to serve our community. Providing critically needed home repairs to our vulnerable neighbors is another way that we provide affordable housing and allow people like Renata to age in place.”
Thrivent Builds Repairs launched across the country in 2012 and its main focus is upgrading existing homes. Thrivent Financial’s brings the financial, volunteer, and advocacy portion to Habitat for Humanity. Brittany Lawson, Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial adds, “This program provides us with more options to serve Lexington. Upgrading existing homes not only makes the homes safer and more efficient, it also cultivates community pride. For Renata, these repairs will enable her to age in place in HER home, safely.”
For ways to learn how you can volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, visit their website at lexhabitat.org
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