And while much of the finishing work was done on Saturday, Realtor Jack McVicker reported that the project actually stretched over a period of three weeks.
Project materials were supplied, in part by the Middletown Home Depot.
NEWPORT – Members of the Newport County Board of Realtors and their families broke out the hammers on Saturday to renovate the home of a mentally disabled woman.
Volunteers replaced the furnace, built a new front porch, cleaned up the yard and overhauled the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom at a home on Channing Street. The Realtors board said the homeowner inherited the home and lives with her niece and her niece’s two children.
The project was part of the national Rebuilding Together program that repairs homes of needy residents. The Newport home was the 10th project undertaken by the Newport County Board of Realtors.
“It went very well,” said Susan McCoy, local chair of Rebuilding Together and a RE/MAX Realtor in Newport.
The Newport affiliate started in 2000 when McCoy became president of the Newport County Board of Realtors. Each president is able to pick a project or charity that he or she wants to support. For two years Rebuilding Together Providence oversaw the Newport Realtors’ projects before spinning off the affiliate Rebuilding Together Greater Newport, which covers Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth.
Newport realtors pitch in to help elderly
April 25, 2008 3:05 PM
NEWPORT, R.I. — The Newport County Board of Realtors is teaming up with Rebuilding Together Greater Newport to renovate the home of an elderly resident who could not otherwise do so.
This year’s event, slated for April 26, marks the seventh time the realtors group has stepped up to help a local homeowner in need.
Since 1973, Rebuilding Together’s mission has been to preserve affordable housing by bringing volunteers and communities together to rehabilitate the homes of the handicapped, the elderly and low-income families.
Funding for Rebuilding Together projects come from sponsors who pay a minimum of $2,500 for materials, while providing volunteer workers for a prep day and the actual workday. Additionally, contractors from the community volunteer their services and oversee the work.
“It’s a great way for realtors to give back to the community where we live and work,” said Susan McCoy, a realtor with RE/MAX Professionals of Newport, and the chairwoman of the Newport County Board of Realtors’ committee charged with facilitating the project.