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Christiansburg Home Gets a Makeover Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Christiansburg, Va. – Tammy Roberts knew Thanksgiving would be difficult as she dealt with the recent death of her husband Kyle from cancer and faced an overwhelming list of home repairs necessary for her safety and wellbeing, but a $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and a group of committed community members mean the holidays will now be a little bit brighter for the Christiansburg resident.

The grant, which was awarded to cafe2, a division of the nonprofit Community Housing Partners (CHP) that promotes and coordinates local residential energy efficiency improvements, helped to fund several repairs to Robert’s home performed on November 17 by 10 Wells Fargo and cafe2 employee volunteers. Work that day included ceiling tile repair; interior sanding, caulking, and painting; installation of new low-flow water fixtures; washing, scraping, and painting of the exterior decks; and installation of two new trenches to divert water away from the house’s foundation.

Structural reinforcements to the foundation, roof repairs, and further energy efficiency upgrades are scheduled to take place in 2013 and will be managed by Blacksburg’s Energy Check.

"This project in the community provides us an opportunity to come together as a team and make a difference. This act of kindness truly shows the spirit of the season," said Kristy Marshall with Wells Fargo Bank’s mid-Atlantic corporate communications division.

The home, which has been in Robert’s family for generations, had fallen into extreme disrepair, making living conditions uncomfortable at best, and potentially dangerous to inhabit, explained cafe2 Director Mason Cavell. Unfortunately, the cost to perform the necessary repairs was prohibitively expensive to the homeowner, which is when cafe2 and the Wells Fargo Foundation stepped in. Originally contacted by Roberts for any kind of assistance, cafe2 began seeking out funding sources to address the major home renovations Roberts needed.

“We were thrilled when Wells Fargo generously agreed to help with this project,” said CHP Director of Corporate Development Kimberly Strahm. “Because of their significant contribution, one of our community members has a safer, warmer place to live,” added Strahm.

In fact, Roberts said she was particularly excited about not having to collect water in a bucket as it leaked through holes in her roof. She was also pleasantly surprised when Saturday’s volunteers took it upon themselves to string lights and garlands outside the house to help prepare for the holidays. Roberts indicated it was probably not something she would have gotten around to doing herself, but that her husband had loved doing it and would be happy to know it was done. 
About Wells Fargo:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 full-time equivalent team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.