Extreme Makeover to Elderly Widow’s Home
We have discovered that an elderly widow, a member of our church, has significant home repair needs. Essentially, the main floor of her small ranch home in Palatine is collapsing, and will require not only floor repair, but foundation repair and possible mold removal. We are working with a local contractor (an Immanuel member) to make these repairs. However, there are other needs as well: all walls to be spackled & repainted, all carpeting removed / replaced, and possibly the removal/replacement of a linoleum kitchen floor, and some kitchen cabinetry. This work will displace the family for a period of time but they will be able to live with relatives while the work is being done.
We believe that this project is a great opportunity to help a local widow. If anyone is interested volunteering to help in any way, please contact Deaconess Suzanne. A project manager for this project is very much needed!
Stage 1 - Completed
Pack up belongings
Stage 2 - Completed
Order storage Pod and Dumpster
Stage 3 - Completed
Move boxes to storage Pod, and dispose of any broken furniture into dumpster.
Aug 8, 9, 10, 11: all day
- Tear up and remove carpeting
- Scrape Walls
- Tear out cabinets
- Trim bushes outside
- Take out laundry pole in yard
- Tear up linoleum kitchen floor
- Wash walls and ceiling
- Check fireplace (not been used in 50 years)
- Pull out stove and fridge for new floor
- Move washing machine to garage
- Check for mold / fumigate - Contractor
Begins August 9
Contractor & Volunteers
- Construction team begins work on foundation and floor
- Priming and Painting
- Replace kitchen floor
- Wash and polish hardwood floors
More details will be shared as we become aware of them. If you are able to help, please contact Deaconess Suzanne. Thank you!
Work in Progress
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Day one of the community effort project, “Extreme Makeover to Elderly Widow’s Home,” is in the books and work begins again today at noon!
The volunteer team emptied the entire house and completely filled up one dumpster yesterday. They also moved furniture and other belongings to a pod for safekeeping. A very special thank you to our volunteers: Yolanda, Samantha, Robert, Callie, Don, Andy, Dave, Eric, Nancy, Jackie, and Mike.
At noon today, we will start pulling up carpet nails out of the floor, scraping walls, washing, and scrubbing all surfaces…so the hard labor begins. Anybody who has a bucket and a scrub brush is more than welcome to join us! Work will begin tomorrow, August 9th, at 9:00 a.m. Actually everyone is welcome to join us, scrub brush or not. Contact Deaconess Suzanne or the church office at 847-359-1549 for the address of the work site.
There were several pieces of furniture that we had to throw away. If anybody would like to contribute to replacing these items please contact Deaconess Suzanne.