Restor­ing Hope re­veals win­ning home re­model

The Big Re­veal, on Satur­day, Sept. 16, is open to the pub­lic. At­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to tour the home

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The sev­enth an­nual Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion Build be­gan Sept. 7 and con­tin­ues through Sept. 15. Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers join to­gether to pro­vide a hand up ( not a hand out) to a lo­cal fam­ily with a one- week home makeover.

The Big Re­veal, on Satur­day, Sept. 16 at 1 p. m., is open to the pub­lic. At­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to tour the home from 11 a. m. to 12: 30 p. m. to see first- hand the work com­pleted by the vol­un­teers and to wel­come the fam­ily home.

This year’s win­ner, Jamie Noll, is a sin­gle mom and full- time clerk at the wel­fare of­fice. While rais­ing her two daugh­ters Sa­man­tha, 13, and Aubrey, 8, - Jamie has been tak­ing classes to earn a de­gree with the goal of be­com­ing a case­worker. She says, “I want my girls to know that hard work pays off.”

Jamie pur­chased a small town­house in Leesport and has been slowly mak­ing re­pairs as fi­nances al­low. But, the fam­ily is still liv­ing with drafty win­dows, a faulty heat­ing sys­tem, and a dys­func­tional kitchen.

When asked why this fam­ily was cho­sen from the many ap­pli­ca­tions the Foun­da­tion re­ceived, Diane Salks, cur­rent RHF chair, said, “Jaimie is a hard- work­ing mother of two girls. She tries to show her girls the value of hard work by work­ing while at­tend­ing classes. We hope that we can help her by tak­ing the bur­den of fix­ing up her home off of her hec­tic sched­ule.”

The mis­sion of the HBA Restor­ing Hope Foun­da­tion is “to con­struct solutions to ad­dress unique chal­lenges of de­serv­ing peo­ple in Berks County,” its goal is to help re­store the lives of mid­dle- in­come work­ing fam­i­lies who have fallen on tough times, and its fo­cus is on giv­ing a “hand up, not a hand out.” Salks, says, “Re­mem­berwe are about help­ing mid­dle- class work­ing fam­i­lies. I think that some­times peo­ple think that we are here to only help low- in­come and that just isn’t the case.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.HBArestor­

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