Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Families

One of the mothers being mentored through the Volunteer Center’s Mentoring Moms program has three children and own a home in Bergenfield. One of their sons is autistic and has been living in a residential treatment center. He's been making great progress, and medical professionals recommended that he return home, provided he would have a room of his own. With two other children, their tiny 2-bedroom home simply could not accommodate their son's special needs - until Rebuilding Together of Bergen County (RBTBC) stepped in.

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Lowe's, volunteers from the community were able to divide the basement into quarters to make two bedrooms, a common area where the children can play or do homework, and a separate laundry area.

Electricians from Local 164 volunteered their time to add and upgrade the electrical needs. Volunteers painted the interior and cleared an overgrown yard. Egress windows are being installed to bring the new living space up to code.

The family hopes their son will be home this summer, as this family of five is reunited under one roof.

To learn more about the
Mentoring Mom Program or Rebuilding Together click on the links above.

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