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Non-profit helping with home repairs for veterans

Posted at 4:19 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-09 17:51:39-05

BROUSSARD, La. - With Veteran's Day coming up Monday, our service men and women are receiving some special recognition this weekend. Catholic Charities of Acadiana and Sears, teamed up with the organization "Rebuilding Together" to repair two homes.

"Were part of a larger non-profit," Program coordinator of Rebuilding Together Acadiana, Tamara Chance, said. "Our goal is to make critical home repairs, to make people house safer, we believe everyone should be able to live in safe healthy environment."

The recipients, two veterans living in upper Lafayette and the spouse of a deceased veteran living in Broussard.

Jean Wilson has been living in her Broussard home since the 70s, and has no plan of leaving.

"Til the day I go," Wilson said.

Wilson says since losing her husband, and growing older, it's harder to keep up with her home.

"I can't do the things I really want to do, its hard, it's fair," Wilson said.

Chance says Wilson only asked for a few small favors, but once they got there, they found more work to be done.

"When we got here, and we saw all the other things that needed to be done, we realized, Sears can help us do this, we waned to do more for her," Chance said.

More than 15 volunteers came to her house to hang up a ceiling fan, install new flooring, replace her siding, build a front and back porch, and install a new roof.

When asked what she thinks of the new ceiling fan, Wilson said, "Oooh, its ugly, no I'm playing."

"i love it, I really do, they did a good job. Everything they're doing, I couldn't do," said Wilson.