Volunteers help out Boston on National Rebuilding Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014
WHDH-TV 7 News Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - Volunteers spent Saturday renovating homes and community centers as part of National Rebuilding Day.

"We all heard the expression, 'it's with giving back, you receive.' We receive the joy of watching the homeowners feel like they can feel safe again in their homes," said Janice Walker, co-chair of Rebuilding Together Boston.

In all, groups organized by Rebuilding Together Boston worked on seven sites throughout the city, including St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester and Nazareth House in Roxbury, an emergency shelter for homeless families.

All repairs had one goal: making facilities safer.

"Volunteers say these renovations are crucial. Here at Nazareth House, that includes ripping apart the carpet that caused problems for kids with asthma and replacing it with hardwood flooring," said Walker.

"Essential stuff, really, really important because homeless families have a lot of health issues. Homeless families are used to or very often do not necessarily have nice accommodations," said Sister Mary Farren, program director at Nazareth.

Volunteers also renovated a playroom for children and installed cubbies in the kitchen.

"When you struggle, having something nice or when people reach out and do something for you, it means a lot," said Jillian Farrell, a volunteer.

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