Volunteers help with home repairs in Merrillville

2013-09-21T13:38:00Z 2013-09-21T18:55:08Z Volunteers help with home repairs in MerrillvilleJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
September 21, 2013 1:38 pm  • 

More than 200 volunteers fixed up nearly a dozen homes throughout Merrillville Saturday.

Rebuilding Together of South Lake County conducted its annual Christmas in September event, where it does home repair projects for needy people.

The national non-profit provides renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades to the homes of low-income people at no cost to them, with the aim of stabilizing communities.

Board president Mitch Barloga said the local chapter helped 11 homeowners – who were all elderly, disabled or low-income – on Saturday. Volunteers from eight local churches, a roofing company and civic groups did a variety of projects, including painting decks and landscaping.

"It's a lot of mid-to-small-range projects that take a day to do," Barloga said. "Some of them involved new windows or doors."

Volunteers – who donated both time and materials – also helped replace carpeting and a roof. The South Lake County chapter has helped nearly 200 families since it first started doing the event in the early 1990s.

"It was a huge success," Barloga said. "The weather cooperated, and it was radiant today. There wasn't a rainstorm. It wasn't too hot or too cold. It was perfect Goldilocks weather."

The group plans to do projects to help Cedar Lake residents next year, and will start accepting applications in March or April.

For information, visit rebuildingtogether.org.

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