Volunteers help repair homes

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

People in Bell County are working together to repair homes across the area.

300 volunteers were out Saturday morning for Repair Affair, which helps to fix homes for people who cannot afford the repairs.

"This includes the elderly, disabled, or for those on a fixed income," Norman Cornelius, of the C.A.A., said.

The helpers are from different businesses, colleges, and churches. They help paint houses, mow lawns, fix windows, and other projects.

"We've got some folks that can't come home because they can't get in their house. It needs a ramp," Cornelius said.

One home that needs a ramp is south of Pineville, where Vanessa Miracle lives with her mother. Miracle's mother is in bad health, and she cannot even make it to the car without help.

"She's a sick woman. Every time they get here in an ambulance, they have to send two crews to get her up and down the stairs," Miracle said.

However, she could not afford the construction. She called the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency to ask for help. On Saturday, a dozen volunteers showed up at her door.

"It touches my heart so bad. All these people showing up means the world to me. My mom was afraid she'd go to a nursing home, and I didn't want to do that," Miracle said.

She says that this opens the outside world to her mother again.

In total, the agency received about $4,000 in donations to help fix 14 homes. The C.A.A. will work on Whitley County homes later in the summer.

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