‘Heros at Home’ work finished

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Rita Darling, right, and her son, Chris, stand in the newly renovated kitchen of their Geneseo home. The Darlings were recipients of a ‘Heroes at Home’ grant provided by Sears Holding and Rebuilding ?Together.

Rita Darling and her son, Chris, of Geneseo celebrated the end of nearly three months of construction on their home with an open house for the volunteers who made the project possible.

The Darlings’ College Avenue home renovation was completed as part of a Heroes at Home program established by Sears Holding.

Sears Holding, in conjunction with Rebuilding Together, started the Heroes at Home program to assist the families of veterans and active-duty military members facing hardship.

The program is designed to “bring warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.”

Rebuilding Together of Geneseo/Cambridge received a $20,000 “Heroes at Home” grant, which was used for renovations at the Darlings’ home.

The project included upgrading plumbing and electric service in the home, insulating exterior walls, providing handrails and grab bars, installing an egress window for a basement bedroom and installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

The highlight of the project was the installation of a new kitchen, from the sub-floor to the cabinets.

Jeremy Dodge and?Jeff Henson, co-owners of Evergreen Custom Homes, served as house captains for the project, and their work crew provided many of the skilled volunteer hours.

In total, more than 500 hours of labor was provided by skilled and unskilled volunteers.

In addition to Evergreen Custom Homes, local businesses and individuals, including Weisser and?Son Electric, Vandemore Plumbing, Village Home Stores, Anchor Lumber, Steve Klemmer, Tim Printy and Hal Gustafson, supported the project and donated in-kind goods and services to the project, helping to stretch the initial $20,000 grant, said Steve Durian of Rebuilding Together.

Darling said she was very appreciative of all the work put in to her home, adding it meant “everything” to her.

“This is the kitchen Mom’s wanted for 31 years,” said her son, Chris.