When NW AR RC&D first began the Low Income Home Repair program it was thought that the average repair per client would be in the $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 range if volunteers were used for most of the labor. The reality has been that most of the people who apply for assistance are living in places that are so dilapidated that some of them are not repairable. The program simply does not have enough resources to fill the massive need. We have managed to stretch everyone’s resources much farther by partnering with others. It truly takes a community to make things happen.
This story starts with the donation of a home by Ozark Opportunities. The home needed to be moved to make room for new head start classrooms. In the meantime a lady living in an uninhabitable place with no kitchen and serious heating issues visits with her pastor for advice about her living situation. Simultaneously The Fuller Center for Housing is looking for a client in need of a home and asks their board members to contact people in the community in search of a needy client. In less than twenty four hours after the lady talks with her pastor a board member approaches the pastor. At this point there is a home and a client. A place to put the home is needed. The lady tells the board there is lot with a burned trailer within walking distance of her church. The board had already made an offer on the exact property. The pastor had a church member with a construction company that removed the burned trailer in a day. Now this is where you come in. The donated house needs a few repairs and needs to be moved at a cost of approximately $25,000.00. We were able to donate 10% of that cost because of you our partners through global giving!
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