Without the help of RT Boston, both projects, which were greatly needed, would not have occurred. These areas are more functional and look better, brighter, and more cheerful, and they are a moral support to the veterans we support. It demonstrates to them that we have a supportive community that truly cares about their needs. The veterans, staff, and Board of Directors of NECHV are extremely grateful to Rebuilding Together (RT) Boston for their overwhelming support and friendship this year, and we all appreciate the fine renovations that help us further our mission.
-- New England Center for Homeless Veterans Dorothy is 76 years old and has lived in her home in Jamaica Plain for 47 years where she raised five children.She spends most of her time taking care of her 47 year old mentally handicapped son who still lives with her, and cares for two of her grandchildren. Work scope included: repairing the unsafe second floor porch; removing an above ground pool for safety; safety upgrades such as smoke and CO2 detectors; and, improving the yard.
Beryl's three-family home has passed down from generation to generation for over 45 years. Her daughter and granddaughter (who has cerebral palsy) live on the first floor; she occupies the second floor. She raised three children and worked for 34 years in a hospital. Work scope included: interior and exterior painting; replacing windows, doors and ceilings; bathroom upgrades; safety upgrades; installation of energy efficient lighting; and landscaping/yard work.
Coretta is a single mother. She moved into her home in Hyde Park seven years ago and gave birth to her son a few days later. She is a hard working mother who wants to give her son a warm, safe and healthy place to live. Work scope included: electrical work; new windows; front walk repair, rear porch repairs; landscaping; interior and exterior painting; and installation of a basketball hoop and blacktopped area for her son (a special gift from our house sponsor).
Veronica is a native of Barbados who has lived in her Mattapan home for 8 years. It is not unusual to see one of her five daughters or six grandchildren visiting with her. One of her daughters is disabled and has difficulty walking. Work scope included installing new weather-tight doors; interior painting; installing handrails; installing new bathroom fixtures; installing smoke and CO2 detectors; and landscaping.
The Dorchester Nazarene Compassionate Care Center in Mattapan focuses on helping and educating Boston's Haitian community. Some of their programs include HIV/AIDS prevention, ESL, computer classes and after-school programs. Work scope included: replacing broken window panes, doors and wood trim; installing a new handicapped-accessible bathroom; interior and exterior painting; landscaping; power-washing exterior brick; and improving the office space.
New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Government Center serves 1,000 veterans a year providing services such as single room occupancy units and a homeless shelter. Work scope included; transforming the main hall by adding a drop ceiling; replacing all ceiling tiles; painting the walls; adding new lighting; building a new stand for the room's large television; and painting of other building areas. A second project renovated the retail store where men and women veterans receive clothes, shoes, toiletries and other necessities at no cost. Work included: removing ceiling tiles, painting the grids and putting in a new ceiling; replacing the light fixtures with commercial lighting; painting the store and outside hallway walls; building a retail check-out desk; and, building new handing wall clothes racks.