Community volunteers to help homeowner with repairs in Hartford – NBC Connecticut

Saturday was all about lending a helping hand and “trying to clean up our corner of the world,” said Steve Rose, director of Saint Ann Cares.

This is exactly what the group from Saint Ann’s Church in Avon who participated in the Spring Home Front Days sought to do.

Home Front is a community program that aims to keep low-income homeowners in their homes by making major repairs free of charge. Volunteers come together each spring and fall to perform over 70 individual home repairs.

“Today the main focus is painting the exterior of the house. We’re also doing a bit of repair, fixing shingles, securing the railing and doing some landscaping,” Rose said.

But for the volunteers, the day’s work is more than just a paint job, “Helping our neighbor and that’s what we were taught in church, going out and reaching out to our neighbors,” Rose said.

It also meant a lot to the owner. “People who care, it’s just wonderful to have them here.”

Tonya Rose is a longtime Hartford resident and explained the deep meaning of getting a helping hand.

“It means a lot because I’ve been in this business since the 90s and it’s not easy every day to keep up with everything,” Tonya added.

“It’s definitely changed my life because I’m a single mom like I said and I work hard and sometimes you don’t have that extra money to do paint jobs or repairs or things like that,” Tonya said.

And for her, that means more than just a permanent home. “Definitely an answered prayer. I’m so happy.”

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