Home Makeover planed 09.15.2010

Written by David Green.

 “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other.”

– George Eliot

 

This year’s Extreme Home Makeover—Fulton County style—moves to rural Chesterfield to help out 88-year-old widow Helen Rettle.

This marks the fifth year of the makeover project spearheaded by Mike and Traci Maginn of Fayette. The effort is coordinated through Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Archbold.

Members from each parish donate their time and talents to help a family or individual with home repair needs.

Workers will gather Sept. 25 at the Rettle home near Chesterfield to put on a new roof, paint the porch floor and railings, install a walk-in shower with hand railings, and attend to miscellaneous repairs, improvements and landscaping needs.

Helen is the mother of Dorma Eberly and grandmother to Ryan and Mandy Eberly. She is a long-time member of Our Lady of Fatima parish. Her husband died in 2003 and due to a clerical error, she was left without any of his retirement benefits. More than 42 percent of her Social Security check goes directly to the gas company for her monthly budget payment.

“Her budget is tight and leaves no room for major, or even minor repairs to her home,” said Jackie Briskey of the Makeover team.

The annual project relies on donations from businesses and individuals to cover the cost of supplies.

   To donate supplies, money or time, call the Maginns at 419/237-3344.

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