Rebuilding Together Miami and Partners "Make a Difference" in Naranja
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2012
Miami, FL. April 28, 2012 - Bradie Collier, age 73, and Lillie Collier, age 75, have lived in their Naranja home for 35 years. Bradie is legally blind and Lillie is in a wheelchair. They have two grandsons and 1 great granddaughter living with them. Their home is badly in need of repairs including modifications to accommodate the wheelchair. The Colliers are one of twenty homeowners who benefitted from Rebuilding Together Miami’s annual Rebuild Day April 28, 2012.
Despite the threat of rain, 350 volunteers turned out to help the Colliers and other deserving homeowners in Naranja. In addition to home repairs, the volunteers landscaped St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church and completed a massive cleanup at Sea Pines complex. The rain did come after lunch, but most of the work was done.
Mrs. Collier was overwhelmed with the change to her home. She said "I am very excited and very happy because I have seen my bedroom go from where I couldn’t enter and now I can go in with my wheelchair. Bradie felt the same way, "It’s a blessing from God, a blessing from God.”
In the last three years, Rebuilding Together Miami has rehabbed forty-eight homes in the Naranja community with the help of the Naranja Community Redevelopment Agency, contractors donating their skilled labor and many volunteers. 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 in safe and dry homes. The homeowners 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, Booz Allen Hamilton, Naranja Community Redevelopment Agency, State Farm , Al-Flex Exterminators, Arellano Construction, Coastal Construction, , Cogent Construction, Carlos Luis State Farm, Pepsi Beverages Company, Everglades Steel, First Florida Building Corp, First St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Hollub Homes, Kingdom Cuts, KVC, MCM, , Odebrecht Construction, Overholt Construction, Shortys BarBQ, South Pointe Construction, Turner Construction, WM Bagsters, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables, Valspar Paint, The LYND Company, Landmark Construction Services, Team Contracting, Core Construction Services of South Florida.
"We are pleased to make a difference in the lives of the Naranja homeowners. Rebuilding Together Miami is committed to preserving affordable housing and helping those less fortunate" said Donna Fales, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together 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
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade - Donna Fales