NEW BRITAIN – Monday, the home of a local mother was renovated at no cost through the partnership of Lowe’s Home Improvement and Rebuilding Together New Britain.
Painting, replacement of windows, removing unsafe appliances, and installing carbon monoxide detectors were some of the things that a team of volunteer’s from Lowe’s were able to do to the selected home.
The homeowner, Anne-Marie Kerr, is a single mother to 9-year-old twins. Kerr said she feels thankful for the work that the volunteers have done to her home.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own, this is a great help,” Kerr said.
Kerr told The Herald she bought her home in 2003, but could not afford to do certain things, and that’s why she decided to reach out to Rebuilding Together New Britain.
Kerr also said she often focused on keeping the upstairs of her home nicer so she could rent it, and that’s why the first level of her home needed so many renovations.
This renovation was possible through a $15,000 grant that Lowe’s donated to Rebuilding Together New Britain. The money was used in Kerr’s home at 144 Henry St., and to another home at Nancy Road, which was renovated Sunday.
This home renovation was the first one for Lowe’s Product Service Team, which has about 30 members.
Cara McIntire is the house captain of the Lowes Volunteer Team.
McIntire said she felt great to see it all come together; her team took the initiative to go help someone in need or the community in general.
“This is awesome, this is so great, I’m so proud of my team,” McIntire said as she praised the team for doing a lot of work in just one day.
They started working on Kerrs’ home at 7:30 a.m., under the rain, and finished around 3 p.m.
The Lowe’s teams are allowed to do projects like this two to three times per year.
Anthony Guzman, one of the team members said he was glad to be helping.
“This is a great cause, we want to help the community,” Guzman said.
The Rebuilding Together New Britain team worked to identify the families receiving the grant and partnering with the volunteers to make the renovations a reality.
Rebuilding Together has some guidelines that help in the identification process of those in need such as single parents, low income residents, the aging population, disabled people, and young families with children.
Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together began a partnership in 2007. Since then, Lowe’s has provided over $15,000,000 in grants to Rebuilding Together affiliates.
Rebuilding Together has being in New Britain for 27 years, and has helped renovate over 650 homes.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.