Cumru fam­ily re­ceives free home makeover

HBA Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion com­pletes 8th vol­un­teer re­model

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Dawn Wiv­ell On be­half of HBA Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion

A buzz of ac­tiv­ity sur­rounded a home on Be­lair Av­enue in Cumru Town­ship last month. Home­owner Liza Chisholm and her two teenage sons were the win­ners of a free one­week home makeover cour­tesy of the HBA Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion.

This is the eighth re­model the group of all vol­un­teers has com­pleted since the Foun­da­tion’s in­cep­tion in 2010. The goal of the or­ga­ni­za­tion is to help re­store the lives of hard-work­ing mid­dle-in­come fam­i­lies in Berks County who have fallen on tough times, and its fo­cus is on giv­ing a “hand-up, not a hand­out.”

Liza is a sin­gle mother who works two jobs as a nurse. In July 2016, Liza found her life un­rav­el­ing af­ter the death of her 23-yearold daugh­ter, Ha­ley-Rae, so it’s no sur­prise that she let things go around the house. Her sid­ing needed to be re­paired, her deck was col­laps­ing, she had no lights in one room, and the house needed quite a bit of TLC.

Af­ter send­ing the en­tire fam­ily to a lo­cal ho­tel, vol­un­teers descended on the Chisholm home and be­gan the re­model on Thurs­day, Sept. 6. The work was com­pleted by Fri­day, Sept. 14 just in time for the Big Re­veal the next day. Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers and lo­cal busi­nesses that do­nated both time and ma­te­ri­als made the re­model pos­si­ble.

Ev­ery project is dif­fer­ent, and ev­ery year the group faces unique chal­lenges. This year the big­gest chal­lenge was the ex­ten­sive work that needed to be done to the ex­te­rior of the home along with all the rain, but

they got it done!

Some of the im­prove­ments to the ex­te­rior of the home in­cluded new roof­ing, gut­ters, sid­ing and stucco along with a new deck, land­scap­ing, lawn, and a shed.

But the home’s in­te­rior was def­i­nitely not ig­nored; nearly ev­ery square inch was worked on in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a new water heater and HVAC, a com­pletely trans­formed bath­room and kitchen, and new car­pet­ing, fur­ni­ture, ac­ces­sories, and win­dow treat­ments.

When the Chisholms saw the com­pleted project for the first time, they were over­whelmed.

A day af­ter the Re­veal, Liza said, “No words will ever do jus­tice to just how life-chang­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence has been and con­tin­ues to be. The un­ex­pected and im­me­di­ate changes in my­self and chil­dren are truly amaz­ing. Your or­ga­ni­za­tion did so much more than trans­form our home. Thank you for com­ing into our lives and restor­ing our home and us. We are for­ever grate­ful.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO BY DON CAR­RICK WITH STU­DIO 413

Keys were pre­sented to Cumru Town­shipp home­owner Liza Chisholm and her two teenage sons. They were win­ners of a free one-week home makeover cour­tesy of the HBA Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO BY DON CAR­RICK WITH STU­DIO 413

Cumru Town­shipp home­owner Liza Chisholm and her two teenage sons were win­ners of a free one-week home makeover cour­tesy of the HBA Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion. Pic­tured on the big re­veal day are fam­ily, friends and some of the many peo­ple in­volved in the project.

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