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Repairs for Maxine

Maxine is a 63-year-old Durham homeowner who’s on disability. For decades, she worked in various jobs, eventually ending up as a bus driver for the NCDOT while going back to school in her spare time. She also served as the primary caretaker for her mother who had advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Maxine’s work and school ambitions came to an abrupt end after a severe back injury she sustained while trying to lift her ailing mother.

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HELPING A 103-YEAR-OLD HERO

Mr. Foushee is a 102-year-old veteran who has lived in his Chapel Hill home since it was built in 1947. He is also the caretaker for his 53-year-old grandson who has disabilities.

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NO LONGER AFRAID

At 80 years old, Gwendolyn has lived in her southeast Raleigh home for more than half her lifetime. Over the past several years, she had grown so worried about the unsafe conditions of her home that she stopped going outside for fear of falling.

A CREATIVE SOLUTION

When a local veteran was in need of an accessibility solution, our crew got creative and assembled the one of the longest ramps we’ve ever constructed.

A SHELTER FOR CHRIS

While working on a flooring repair, our crew noticed a homeowner was leaving his wheelchair under the cover of a tarp at the end of his outdoor ramp whenever he left home. We found a solution for this burdensome process.

DISASTER RECOVERY

The Hurricane Florence disaster of 2018 may seem like a lifetime ago. But for Jackie and her family, who have been living in cramped camping trailers for nearly 20 months, it undoubtedly seems longer.

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AFTER THE FLOOD

Barbara’s home was flooded in 2018. Because the contractor she hired to make repairs did not pull a building permit, she was left with a bigger mess and fewer resources to make things right.

TRANSFORMING A FAMILY HOME

Victoria was living with the risk of frequent falls, which prevented her from doing normal daily tasks.

THE PRICELESS GIFT OF CLEAN WATER

Many rural residents have private septic systems for waste treatment. Such systems do not come with a monthly bill but instead require periodic maintenance and repair. Homeowners unable to afford septic repair face not only catastrophic plumbing failure but also hazardous environmental contamination of the water and soil.

Consider Christina, whose septic system was overflowing and backing up in her toilet, sink, and bathtub.

WEATHERING THE STORM

A single mother of two grown children, Margaret always has lived by the philosophy of staying positive and encouraging others, no matter the circumstances. Hurricane Florence put that philosophy to the test.

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SAFE AT HOME FOR CHARITY

A retired custodian from the Wake County Public School System, Charity lives in the Wake Forest home where she grew up. When she took ownership of the house 15 years ago, it needed tremendous work due to termite damage. The cost of those repairs added to basic living expenses have made additional home maintenance and repair cost prohibitive in the years since.