Church members attack this year's makeover 2012.11.21

Written by David Green.

makeover.flooringThis year's Extreme Home Makeover—Our Lady of Mercy Style—came to Morenci for a weekend renovation project that made an aging property almost like new inside.

Someone from the parish nominates a home for the annual project, explained Anita VanZile who helps organize the event, and the recipient is generally a member of the Fayette church.

That was the case this year when Kathy Dwyer's Walnut Street home was chosen.

"Kathy is one of those people who volunteers whenever she sees the need," Anita said. "She's always offering time and assistance, and everything she does is as a volunteer."

This year her giving turned to receiving as members of Our Lady of Mercy teamed with Archbold's St. Peter's church to make Kathy's house shine.

In the living room, the old carpet was removed and wood flooring was installed after the room was painted. New flooring was laid in the kitchen and laundry room, and the bathroom ended up with a new floor and a new tub/shower.

Exterior work included repairing eaves-troughs and siding, and involved some painting on the unseasonably warm day.

"It looks amazing," Anita said. "It really looks very warm and inviting. It was a very fulfilling project."

Anita said the planning committee always optimistically looks at a one-day project, but it generally takes two or three days to complete the work.

"It's always more than what you think it's going to be," she said, “but it's always a satisfactory achievement.”

This year 33 people were involved in the project, ranging from construction workers to children. That figure includes the kitchen workers at the United Methodist Church who prepared and served a meal.

For the seventh year in a row, the effort was deemed a success.

"For a little bit of money and a weekend, we can make a big difference in someone's life."

You won't hear an argument from Kathy.

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