Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Many of our community's elderly live in homes without air conditioning, warm water, and even leaky roofs. But one faith based organization is hoping to change all of that through man power.
Homeworks each year helps to rebuild nearly 150 homes of elderly residents on a fixed income. Tuesday, Joseph Hopkins will be the first to tell you he hasn't seen this many people in his front yard in a long time.
With 46 years of living at this home on Clark Street, Hopkins found himself needing a new water heater and a brand new roof to fix four leaky holes.
"Like I said it was that spot over there, where the trouble came in at," said Hopkins.
Tuesday that trouble was given a big hand. Homeworks and volunteers from Colonial Life are putting hammer to nail, fixing up Hopkins home at no charge.
"Once we get the subflooring built out a little bit more we'll drop in a new floor and come back in with some new vinyl," said volunteer Nathan Clark.
"It's so fulfilling to come out and give back to the community and to the people in need," said Clark.
"We want to let the elderly to know that they're people who care."
Hank Chardos with Homeworks says Hopkins home will be up and running by Saturday. Seven days of work that benefits more than the home owner.
"A lot of these volunteers have never even climbed up a ladder, and here they were up on a roof or scraping the windows. They're learning all the kinds of things that make a big difference," said Chardos.
As volunteers pack up from the days work, Hopkins has not only been given a new home, but hope.
"It feels good. It feels good. You've got a smile on your face? Oh yeah. It feels good," said Hopkins.
This Saturday, April 21st, Homeworks is repairing twenty two homes in the Midlands. it's a massive rebuilding project state wide and they are asking for your help! They are looking for volunteers, youths or adults, and contractors.
"They'll be opportunities to help whether it's on a roof or in a kitchen or painting, they're a lot of needs out there in the community," said Chardos.
You can find out more information about Homeworks at http://www.homeworksofamerica.org/get_involved/ or give them a call at (803)-781-4536.