Volunteers Pitch In To Help Renovate Veteran's Home

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2015

MIAMI, Fla. - The South Miami home of an army veteran received a much-needed improvement Tuesday-all at no cost for the 85-year-old.

Vergaree Brown served one year in Korea in the 325th Engineering Aviation Group.

Brown eventually moved to Miami, married and settled into his South Miami home, at 5875 SW 62nd Terrace, in 1972.

Brown worked for the University of Miami Environmental Services and Mercy Hospital Environmental Services before retiring.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, along with over 20 volunteers from Lowe's, provided repairs to Brown's home Tuesday. The renovations include a complete bathroom and kitchen renovation and interior painting-all part of a $10,000 grant from Lowe's.

Brown, at his home Tuesday, said he just wishes he done the same thing for someone else in need when he was younger.

He told CBS4's Walter Makaula that when he received word of the home renovations that he, "reacted like I was just a little young buck."

Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free rehabilitation services to low-income, elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners.

Lowe's has donated $250,000 to 27 Rebuilding Together affiliates to assist low-income homeowners across the county.

Credit: CBS 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.


Matania Germain
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
Office: 305-200-5711

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