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Rebuilding Together Kern County helps local community activist remodel home

Posted at 5:30 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 20:30:15-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — 85-year-old Nancy strong has lived in her home for over 30 years.

She moved here with her late husband, former Bakersfield Councilman and community activist, Vernon Strong.

"I can not believe I am being so blessed," Strong said. "As you probably heard we were givers we were always givers to the community as best as we could."

As much as she loves the beautiful property that includes a playhouse, studio and mother-in-law quarters she has been unable to maintain it.

This was until the help of Rebuilding Together Kern County came knocking on her door.

The organization is known for rehabbing homes of veterans, handicap individuals, and senior citizens for free to ensure they can stay in their homes.

"Now I get to see my house looking beautiful and having them do the repairs so I can live here and not be afraid," Strong said. "They have just been angels to me."

In order to complete the project, the Rebuilding Together Kern County has been working on this project for over a month.

Now they are seeking volunteers to come out Saturday to help them complete the $12,000 plus makeover.

"We have already prepared it to be painted and the tree foundation will be here to handle the shrubbery," said Tony Martinez, President of Rebuilding Kern County. "We have volunteers coming tomorrow to do electrical work and painting the house."

Martinez adds that all structures will receive a fresh coat of paint and the project will begin from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Also, they are asking for at least 20 plus individuals to assist with carpentry, painting and picket fencing repairs.

Strong says she is forever grateful to the community that she has loved for so long.

"I can’t tell you how pleased I am and blessed," Strong said. "I feel I am going to sing at the top of the heavens."

If you would like to volunteer and help complete this home makeover be sure to reach out to Rebuilding Together Kern County at 661-331-1612.