After retirement, Veronica immediately began caring for her grandchildren. "I retired in 2011 with four grandkids," she says with a laugh. "There have been five more since then, and I’m still waiting to take a vacation!"
Wear on her three-bedroom, single-story home added up over time. Her house needed safe, functional steps to the entrance, ventilation, moisture mitigation, and a host of other external and interior repairs. With help from our friends from DPR Construction, we made permanent home improvements, ensuring the health and safety of Veronica and her young grandchildren.
Busy with kids' summer schedules, Veronica remains wishful for a vacation someday. But, she adds, "this--right here--is the next best thing."
After a long career with the state, Michelle retired to become a full-time caregiver for her ailing mother. She then began taking care of her aunt and her young grandson. Over time, wear and tear on her home became more than Michelle could handle. Michelle was on our waiting list for two long years. Finally, with financial and volunteer support from the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County Triangle Sales and Marketing Council, we made critical home repairs to keep Michelle and her family safe and healthy.
Jennie and her two adult daughters live together in Fuquay-Varina. Jennie has struggled for years with mental illness, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago. Her daughters stayed home to take care of her, but faced significant health struggles of their own. With their physical ailments consuming most of their resources and energy, maintaining the family home fell on the list of priorities. RTT assembled financial support, subcontractors and volunteers to replace the HVAC and roof, clean the yard, service the septic system, and make lots of other miscellaneous repairs to ensure the family can live safely together in their home. In the words of Jennie and her daughters, “Poverty consumes every last bit of forward momentum. You have no idea what it means to have a home that functions and finally feel fully human again. We wanted to thank you for all the help you have provided for us.”
After serving in WWII, Charles returned home to Siler City, NC and built a home where he could raise his family. More than 69 years later, his family is out of the house, yet he is committed to staying there alone. With support from half a dozen community partners, RTT replaced a leaking roof, installed central HVAC, upgraded the electrical system, repaired damaged flooring and built a new ramp for Charles to safely access the home. These repairs have renewed Charles’ confidence in his ability to live independently at his home, and given his children peace of mind that their dad has a safe, healthy home once again.
Living alone, Sharon wanted extra security to feel safe in her own home. RTT volunteers replaced a faulty front door with one designed for better protection from potential intruders and the elements. Rooms were decluttered to improve egress and carpeting near exterior doors was also removed to prevent rain water absorption. Today, Sharon can sleep soundly knowing her Garner home is better fortified for her health and safety.
Recently widowed and suffering from a respiratory condition, Jennie was struggling to breathe comfortably in her Garner home. Allergens and moisture trapped in the carpeting were causing excessive wheezing and putting a strain on her lungs and overall health. RTT pulled up the old carpeting and installed laminate flooring throughout the home, which not only improved her air quality, but her quality of life.
After experiencing a series of serious health setbacks - including cancer - Cameron and Robin realized the home maintenance and repairs they could once afford were out of reach. When their heat went out in the fall, RTT leveraged Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund to replace their HVAC units. Now the couple, their three children and elderly father can live in the home and recover comfortably.