Rebuilding Together Miami and Partners “Make a Difference” in Naranja
Fourteen homeowners benefitted from Rebuilding Together Miami’s annual Rebuild Day May 7, 2011
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2011
(Miami, FL) - May 7, 2011. Mattie Brinson, age 84, has lived in her Naranja home for 37 years where she raised six children. Mr. Brinson passed away in 2003 so Mattie lives alone in her home that is badly in need of repairs. Mattie is one of fourteen homeowners benefitted from Rebuilding Together Miami’s annual Rebuild Day May 7, 2011.
Turner Construction volunteers have spent the last several weekends working on Brinson’s home fixing plumbing leaks which caused mold, replacing the walls damaged by mold, replacing her toilet with an ADA toilet, replacing the bathroom flooring, replacing a partially collapsed ceiling, painting the house and tenting for termites. The FIU National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has been part of the weekend volunteer team to get the house ready for the final touches on event day. Today the house was fully landscaped and the 40 tires stacked in the backyard discarded.
Mrs. Brinson was overwhelmed with the change to her home. She said “I feel so blessed to have these nice folks take their time to help me.” Mryra Eres, sales rep for Takeda Pharmeucticals, led a team of nine Takeda volunteers commented on the day’s experience, “I am happy to help people who need help. The teamwork is great and I just learned how to paint!”
In the last two years, Rebuilding Together Miami has rehabbed twenty-eight homes in the Naranja community. Preserving homeownership and revitalizing communities by providing fee rehabilitation services is the mission of Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade.
By leveraging resources and organizing volunteers, Rebuilding Together Miami is able to provide repairs for homeowners to live safely. The recipients of the these services live on fixed incomes that forces them to choose between medicine and food or repairing a leaking roof.
Funding the home repairs are Raymond James, The Chrysalis Center, SunTrust Investment Services, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Pepsi Beverages, Advanced Roofing, Beauchamp Construction, Bejar Construction, Biscayne Roofing, Coastal Construction, Everglades Steel, First Florida Building Corp, First St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Hollub Homes, Kingdom Cuts, KVC, MCM, Moss, Overholt Construction, Peckar Abramson, Riteway Plumbing, Shortys BarBQ, South Florida Association of General Contractors, Turner Construction, Voss Painting and WM Bagsters.
“We are pleased to help these deserving homeowners in the Naranja community. Rebuilding Together Miami is committed to preserving affordable housing and making a difference in the community “ said Donna Fales, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Miami.