Organization gives Marine's home a makeover

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2013

NORTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Home Depot along with a local organization provided some free housing help for a South Florida Marine and his family.

Edwin Jean-Francois' son and his daughter will grow up in a newly-renovated home where his parents raised him and his siblings. "My son can now grow up in the same house that I grew up in. You know, not a lot of people get that opportunity, so it's definitely a blessing," said U.S. Marine Corps Reservist Jean-Francois.

Thanks to some hard-working Home Depot and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade County volunteers, Jean-Francois said the renovation project was long overdue. "It's an old house. It's a very old house. It needed work to be done, hands down," said Jean-Francois.

Jean-Francois returned home from his last deployment in 2010 and moved into his childhood home to help his family with the mortgage. Jean-Francois spoke with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade County to help update his childhood home, which was built in the 1950s.

"A lot of the wood was rotten and needed upgrading, so we did that over the last two weeks, and today we have a whole team," said Home Depot spokesperson Angel Blanco. "We have about 40 - 50 Home Depot associates here trying to put the finishing touches."

Thirty to 40 volunteers have been donating their time for two weeks to remodel, repair and rebuilt the home.

The materials used on the home cost about $15,000, and Jean-Francois said he will be forever grateful to the volunteers, Home Depot and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade County. "I can't put it into words. This is definitely a phenomenal thing," he said. "It's greatly appreciated, not just by me but again my family because my son gets to grow up in this house."

Credit: 7NEWS WSVN

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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


Donna Fales, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
(786) 290-7877

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