Wells Fargo volunteers help fix up home of Richmond Heights widow

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2012

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Pictured are Wells Fargo employee Kelli Schweitzer and Pearly Richardson, brother of homeowners.

MIAMI, June 26, 2012 - Mary Chandler, 62, who recently became a widow, welcomed 14 Wells Fargo volunteers who painted her house and cleaned up her yard on Saturday, June 16.

"We appreciate your assistance in making our home a safe and healthy environment again," Chandler said.

James Chandler and Mary were married 35 years and had lived in their Richmond Heights home for 35 years. Sadly, Mr. Chandler did not live to see the completed home repairs and freshly painted home as he passed away recently at age 75.

Mrs. Chandler works for Baptist Hospital, a job that she has held for 41 years. Her husband was a retired Miami-Dade County Public School teacher and later a cook until forced to stop working because of illness. Mrs. Chandler was surrounded by family members — Teresa Brown, Ned Roberts, Alexis Brown and Pearly Richardson and her 87-year-old mother, Barbara Richardson. All but Ms. Chandler and Ms. Richardson joined in the workday.

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation awarded Rebuilding Together Miami a $10,000 grant to fix up the Chandler home. Home repairs included replacing fascia board and screening; hanging new ceiling fans; redoing the bathrooms with a new tub and toilets and installing handicap bars; repairing a wall leak; ceiling repairs; tenting for termites; cleaning the A/C coil and replacing carpet with a tile floor.

Kelli Schweitzer of Wells Fargo brought her husband and son along so the workday might be a family activity. She believes in giving back to the community and helping those in need.

"I did not think that we would finish painting the house, but look at it now. It looks great!"

The Chandler family members provided lunch for the volunteers as their way of saying "thank you!"

About Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.

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 204 affiliates and is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing rehabilitation services free of charge to those in need. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses, and the hands-on work of a quarter-million volunteers, Rebuilding Together rehabs and repairs nearly 10,000 homes and nonprofit facilities annually. The market value of this work nearly $100 million annually. In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together rehabs community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on elder home safety, energy efficiency, veterans housing, and disaster recovery and reconstruction. Rebuilding Together has nearly 204 affiliates and recently celebrated the rehabilitation of its 100,000th home. For details, go to www.rebuildingtogether.org or call 1-800-REHAB-9.

About the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation provides sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to moderate-income people by providing volunteer and financial resources to local and national nonprofit housing organizations. We partner with established local and national nonprofit housing organizations that have demonstrated the ability to create homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. We also support nonprofit housing organizations that help low- to moderate-income homeowners make necessary repairs and upgrades. For more information, visit www.wellsfargo.com.

Credit: Community Newspapers


Donna Fales, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
(305) 665-1146 x213
(786) 290-7877

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