Locals Lend Helping Hand To Veteran's Widow

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2014

imageMIAMI, FL June 7, 2014 ‐ A Miami-Dade group helped rebuild the home of a widow of a U.S. Army veteran Saturday.

The group called Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade partnered with Sear's to help come up with the money to renovate the home located in Richmond Heights.

Widow Margie Collins is 67-years old and has lived in the home for 44 years. She is also accompanied by her three grandchildren.

They had struggled with the home's maintenance due to financial burdens and disabilities, according to the group.

Collins is also said to suffer from health problems due to the carpeting which also caused breathing problems.

Volunteers on Saturday continued to renovate the home from top to bottom starting from adding new flooring to repairing the ceilings. Collins said they have been working on the home for about a month.

The group also painted the outside of the home and even did landscaping.

"It's truly a God-sent blessing for them to give up their time and their resources..so I'm just overwhelmed with thankfulness," said Collins. "All I can say is thank you."

Collins only had positive words when asked about her husband and the help she received through him.

"It lets know me know that they haven't forgotten the veteran nor his wife..those he left behind so that too is a blessing and it makes me feel good to know that I am still being bless through him.

This isn't the only project for the group. They provide free rehabilitation services to low-income elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners.

"Our whole goal is to provide a safe and health house for everyone who we work with and we just wanted so Mrs. Collins to age in her house at peace and safely," said Travis Renville of Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade.

credit: CBS Miami

About Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation 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.

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Contact:

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade
Donna Fales, Executive Director
Dfales.rtmiami@gmail.com
Phone: 305-200-5711

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