Rebuilding Together and 100 Odebrecht-OHL Volunteers Repair Earlington Heights Homes

Project Helped Families Near AirportLink Metrorail Extension

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2010

Miami, Florida -
- It was a day of rebuilding as 100 volunteers from construction joint venture, Odebrecht-OHL, nailed down the finishing touches on four Earlington Heights homes on Saturday, October 16th. Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, a non-profit organization, facilitated the months-long effort that culminated with a massive volunteer day. The homes are now safer and more efficient for their owners.

“I thought I only had one angel but when I looked outside my window, I saw so many angels working to repair my home,” said Extra Walker, a homeowner who received assistance. “I am so thankful for all these wonderful people. It feels like I have a new home.”

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson attended the event and met with each homeowner and their families.

“It was a privilege to see so many good-hearted people working to help deserving families,” said Edmonson. “Rebuilding Together and Odebrecht-OHL have made a huge impact on this community with their spirit and commitment to helping those in need.”

All four houses are within blocks of Odebrecht-OHL’s current Metrorail extension project by Miami-Dade Transit, the AirportLink Project. The AirportLink Project includes a 2.4 mile elevated guideway, three power substations and a new multi-level Station next to Miami International Airport (MIA). It is scheduled to open in 2012 and has already created thousands of local jobs. The AirportLink Project is an extension to the current Metrorail services from Hialeah to Dadeland South which will provide a fast, reliable Metrorail connection to MIA for the millions of residents, visitors and employees who travel to and from MIA every year. With this project, Miami-Dade County joins the ranks of major metropolitan areas around the world with rapid transit connections to their airports.

“Many of our volunteers work on the AirportLink project and are in the Earlington Heights area on a daily basis,” said Paulo Brito, Odebrecht-OHL Project Director. “It was an honor to use our resources to help those in our project’s backyard. The smiles on the faces of the homeowners are ones that we will never forget.”

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the homeowners were living in houses with issues affecting the safety of the residents. Odebrecht-OHL and its subcontractors provided labor, materials and services to change the lives of the four homeowners.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade focuses its efforts on assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled, live independently and with dignity. The goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnership with communities.

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