Many Hands Make Light WorkPosted on Jun 21st, 2013
Christiansburg, Va. -- The never-ending list of chores that nags most homeowners can be often become an overwhelming challenge for those with physical disabilities. So for one day in June, CHP employees partnered with the Christiansburg Home Depot and Bike the U.S. for MS to tackle the to-do lists of two local homeowners living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As a part of National NeighborWorks Week, nearly 40
individuals and 10 businesses helped Larry Alderman and Madeline Viar with a number of home repairs and improvements.
According to cafe2 Business Development Coordinator and Bike the U.S. for MS Co-founder Mason Cavell, the two Blacksburg homeowners “have a lot of mobility issues and have difficulty doing things around the house because of the physical limitations associated with their illness.”
Determined to make life just a little bit easier for Alderman and Viar, teams of volunteers armed with shovels, paint brushes, rakes, and mops went to work. At Viar’s residence, they cleaned windows inside and out, gardened, and laid an impressive new brick paver-lined walkway from the front door to the street.
Of the flurry of activity that took place at her home, Viar said it meant “the world” to her. “Especially the sidewalk, because I’ve lived here for 30 years and have needed one for basically 27 years of that. It was hard to roll across my grass, and, when it rained, it was like rolling across a muddy sea.”
Workers at Alderman’s rural home repaired a hole in the ceiling, installed a new bathroom toilet and sink, painted the bathroom and kitchen, mowed the lawn, planted flowers, performed limb work on a few older trees, and even cleaned out a neglected swimming pool.
“When I first moved into my house and was in better health, I did all this [home maintenance work] myself, and it was quite a chore for me even then. At this point, a lot of it is impossible for me. I can’t really put into words how much it’s appreciated,” commented Alderman.
“CHP is focused on really trying to get out there and help people improve their living conditions. It’s important for our company, for us as individuals, and most of all, it’s important for the homeowner,” explained Cavell.