The gift of clean water

The gift of clean water

Many rural residents have private septic systems for waste treatment. Such systems do not come with a monthly bill but instead require periodic maintenance and repair. Homeowners unable to afford septic repair face not only catastrophic plumbing failure but also...
Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm

Margaret was born and raised in a small community near Burgaw, NC and has lived in her home there since 1982. She worked in the school system for eight years as a teacher assistant and later at Corning as a fiber processing coordinator for 13 years. In 2015, she...
Safe at Home for Charity

Safe at Home for Charity

A retired custodian from the Wake County Public School System, Charity lives in the Wake Forest home where she grew up. When she took ownership of the house 15 years ago, it needed tremendous work due to termite damage. The cost of those repairs added to basic living...
Home Accessibility for Ricardo

Home Accessibility for Ricardo

Ricardo, age 13, has muscular dystrophy. A new power wheelchair was supposed to make life easier, but it turned out to be too large for his family’s home. With the help of local sponsors and volunteers, we modified the bathroom, but flooring and narrow door...
Meeting Judi’s Needs

Meeting Judi’s Needs

A retired, single mother with Multiple Sclerosis, Judi from Carrboro has experienced changes in her mobility through the years. She needs a home that will meet her needs both now and in the future. With that in mind, we made repairs from roofing to flooring. We’re...
A Better Home for Betty

A Better Home for Betty

Betty, who is in her 80s, has lived in her home for more than 60 years. She loves to cook for her family, but her kitchen could not easily accommodate her walker. She even had difficulty getting in and out of her bathroom. Her home was making it impossible for her to...
Overcoming Predatory Lending

Overcoming Predatory Lending

Dorothy and her family are long-time residents of their southeast Wake County community. For decades, she was known to her neighbors for actively keeping up her home and yard. A few years ago, however, Dorothy fell victim to high-cost, predatory lenders...
Martha’s Kitchen

Martha’s Kitchen

Martha from Carrboro is an elderly widow who lives alone with no immediate family nearby. She also struggles with short-term memory loss associated with dementia. With care and support from two loving neighbors, Martha remains in her home independently.  But...
Help after a tragic loss

Help after a tragic loss

Dock is a veteran with a service-related disability. Last month, he tragically lost his wife and sweetheart of 47 years to cancer. “She didn’t want to worry me, so she kept [her diagnosis] to herself,” he said.  Dock had very little time to prepare and is still...
The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

After retirement, Veronica immediately began caring for her grandchildren. “I retired in 2011 with four grandkids,” she says with a laugh. “There have been five more since then, and I’m still waiting to take a vacation!” Wear on her...