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Volunteer Program Restores a Beloved Family Home

The Halcombs

Longtime St. Paul residents Larry and Beverly Halcomb recently found themselves caught in a predicament many homeowners come to dread: the need for immediate, extensive home repair. The need became more and more apparent even as the possibility of seeking financial help grew more and more slim, until the Halcombs happened to notice an advertisement in their community newsletter describing the requirements for A Brush With Kindness; Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s home restoration program that pairs low-income homeowners with volunteers.

The elderly couple applied for A Brush With Kindness and were delighted to receive help with repairing their deteriorating home and garage, thanks to 85+ willing volunteers from Five Oaks Community Church in Woodbury and The Kinney Family Foundation.

Beverly, who is disabled, uses a cane to get around. Neither she nor Larry could keep up with the physically demanding nature of home maintenance, and after 39 years in their quiet neighborhood, both were reluctant to consider leaving their home. “We were newlyweds when we moved here,” said Beverly. “It’s a nice house.”

Contributed by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.