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CHP & Home Depot Give Local Family a Home Makeover During National NeighborWorks Week

Christiansburg, Va. - When CHP and the Christiansburg, Virginia Home Depot learned this spring of a local family struggling to make ends meet, the two companies were moved to immediate action. It was clear that the Reed family of Elliston was truly in need of assistance as it tried to cope in a severely cramped two-bedroom home with two boys under the age of five and a one-year-old daughter suffering from a progressive -- and ultimately fatal -- muscular illness that requires round-the-clock care and a mass of medical equipment. Lacking adequate living space, the Reeds were also saddled with overwhelming medical bills and no resources to make much-needed improvements to their home. 

Upon hearing of the family's dire circumstances, CHP’s architecture and construction teams worked together to design and build an addition onto the home, while the organization’s energy services division performed weatherization upgrades. This work culminated on June 8 when CHP and Home Depot employees teamed up for a day-long service project to continue renovations and improvements performed in previous weeks on the Reed's single-wide mobile home. Activities that day included landscaping, painting, and the building of a play set.

"When CHP, Home Depot, and numerous other local businesses found out the home's severely crowded living conditions meant a possible threat to the baby's regular medical care and that the boys were sleeping on the floor in their parents' bedroom, we quickly determined that we would do whatever we could to help improve their living conditions," explained CHP Director of Corporate Development Kimberly Strahm.

"It's like its own little cottage," Alicia Reed enthused about her home’s new addition. "I've got a smile plastered on my face and I can't get it off. It’s definitely a blessing for our family.”

The project was funded in part by generous donations from: 84 Lumber, Bower Mechanical, Builder’s Choice, Exterior Medics, Grand Home Furnishings, Greg Williams Electric, Home Depot, Jeff Shelton, JWB Construction, Kent’s Insulating, Montgomery Sanitation, Rome Mechanical, Panera Bread, Salem Stone, Sherwin Williams, Sova Development, Trussway, and Waste Industries.

This collaborative effort was a part of National NeighborWorks® Week, week-long initiative that CHP and other NeighborWorks® organizations across the country participate in to bring about neighborhood change and awareness through local community improvement and celebration projects.

In addition to improving the safety and liveabililty of a home in Virginia’s New River Valley during National NeighborWorks® Week, CHP also helped educate residents at Horizon House and Sunset Apartments in Gainesville, Florida about environmental responsibility and sustainability, while emphasizing the importance of neighborhood awareness, participation, and improvement. This was done through a hands-on grounds beautification project as residents and staff at the two CHP-owned properties worked together with community volunteers to pick up trash and plant flowers in their neighborhood. Their efforts were celebrated later in the day with a community picnic and children’s activities.

On June 8, the staff of the Crossings and Silver Pointe Apartments in Leesburg, Florida helped promote greater community awareness about the importance of low-income housing opportunities and services by hosting appreciation picnics for its families and senior residents. The day included grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, games and contests for the kids, and even some light landscaping work for those who enjoy digging in the garden.