Volunteers to transform local veteran's home

For Immediate Release

August 1, 2013

COCONUT GROVE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Over 50 volunteers from the Home Depot team are working together to transform the home of a local army veteran.

On Thursday morning, volunteers teamed up to give Charles Stubbs' home a full makeover. The 65-year-old army veteran has lived in his Coral Gables home since 1960.

"I've seen the Grove area as it began to go through so many various changes," Stubbs said, "alterations, you might say, to this present time that we now have, so many town homes and condos come to this area, but I remember when it was all shotgun houses."

And in that time, the house has fallen into disrepair. "I wasn't able to do the necessary upkeep for things," he said. "I was up against the wall financially."

Now it's practically a show place thanks to some generous souls and retailers. The work crew installed new flooring, windows, doors, kitchen cabinets and countertops. They will also replace damaged appliances and electrical fixtures.

James McCants of Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade said, "He doesn't have to worry about slips and falls on the floor. He doesn't have to worry about a leaky toilet, a leaky faucet he can't pay for with limited income. Those are amenities we take for granted in our everyday life."

The organization Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade and the Home Depot Foundation made it possible for Stubbs to have a nice comfortable home. William Flynt, A Home Depot store manager, said, "What we did inside Mr. Stubbs home was a total renovation of the floors. He has laminate floors throughout. The kitchen was redone totally with tile floors, new cabinets, sinks, appliances, new paint throughout the bedroom and window treatments."

Home Depot employees by the dozens volunteered to roll up their sleeves to participate in the renovation project, and their four weeks of hard work paid off. Stubbs essentially has a brand new home.

What amazed him most is how the little things seemed to make the biggest difference. "I was surprised how much of a difference the sod made to the beautification of the property," he said, "and when they cut the trees, the landscape it was like a living photo op."

Projects like this improve the appearance of the community and the quality of life for both the volunteers and recipients. McCants said, "It's a joy to give back to your community."

The home depot foundation has another eight projects in the works with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade. The effort is part of the Home Depot Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through volunteer resources.

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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