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Healthy Housing Challenge

Volunteers give back to help disabled woman

5/26/2015, 4:36 p.m.
A group of volunteers worked hard transforming the northeast Portland home of a low-income, disabled woman, making it easier and ...
Kris Andrzejeski (left) and Toby Service remove a front door awning that was leaking and causing dry rot as part of a volunteer crew working to make repairs to the northeast Portland home of a low-income and disabled woman.

A group of volunteers worked hard transforming the northeast Portland home of a low-income, disabled woman, making it easier and healthier for her to live there.

They removed excess trees and scrub brush; mowed the overgrown yard; and installed a front deck, new gutters, new washer and drier, and grab bars inside and outside so the occupant can get up and down the stairs more easily. A front door awning that had been leaking and causing dry rot was also removed.

"We got a lot of work done," said team co-captain Toby Service of Wells Fargo, of the May 16 event, drawing a group of Wells Fargo and rebuilding Together Portland volunteers.

Co-captain Kris Andrzejeski, also of Wells Fargo, said the resident was very excited to have the new porch and deck in the front.

“She can't do maintenance. We alleviated a lot of the yard maintenance she would have to do. That was a really big help to her," Andrzejeski said.

By the end of the day, the volunteers had filled a large dumpster to the top with debris from the yard and interior.

Wells Fargo donated $15,000 for the work as part of its support of the Healthy Housing Challenge, a joint project of the National Center for Healthy Housing, Wells Fargo and Rebuilding Together.