Volunteers help elderly man rebuild home.
For Immediate Release
May 25, 2016
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) - Volunteers came together to help an elderly Miami Gardens man repair his home after he was injured while on the job.
Since he moved to Miami-Dade from Peru in the 1980s, 76-year-old Carl Martinez was a handyman who did everything from working on cars to driving a waste truck, however after suffering an injury 10 years ago, he has not been able to upkeep his home. "My house is looking so-so," he said. "Now it's looking good."
Martinez is grateful for the Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade organization and volunteers from Prologis, a global realty logistics firm for coming together to rebuild his home. "So there's exterior painting. Two colors though, all over the trim, the full body," said Alex Rosales, the program coordinator for Americorps. "Then we're gonna do some minor landscaping work and yard work."
Martinez is also receiving a healthy home kit which contains a fire extinguisher, some smoke alarms and some energy-efficient lightbulbs.
Prologis donated funds and provided volunteers to make the restoration possible. "I think we have a social responsibility to makes sure that residents are, number one, represented," Rosales said. "A lot of them worked and gave their time, so I think it's about time we do the same."
Martinez appreciates the efforts. "I'm very happy," he said. "Thank you. God bless you."
Credits: 7News Miami
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free of charge rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low income homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $250,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 200 affiliates and is the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.