Widow, Caretaker Gets Home Makeover
Hundreds of volunteers joined forces this weekend to give home makeovers to four deserving Bentonville residents.
It’s all part of the 10th anniversary for the group “Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas.” The group works to preserve and revitalize homes for low-income residents, in particular those who are elderly, disabled, and families with children.
5NEWS reporter Christine Whitten visited one of the construction sites Saturday and shares the story of one homeowner.
“Everything just comes together in the end,” said Rick McLeod of Rebuilding Together. “We are able to leave a house that is so much better than when we arrived and the person can move back in. The feeling that you are able to help somebody in the community who has this serious need through no fault of their own — well, it just makes your day.”
Volunteers on Saturday were helping out widowed Bentonville home owner Doris Lowery. She bought her home with her husband nearly three decades ago and paid off the mortgage in February, but then her husband died and her mother became ill.
Leaving her home behind, Lowery took care of her mother until she passed away in December. After years of helping others, the favor was returned to Lowery on Saturday as she watched hundreds of volunteers restore her home.
“I don’t even have the words to say,” she said. “It’s very humbling to know that people are so willing to donate their time to a total stranger and be such help.”
McLeod said this project cost the organization roughly $3,000; the rest was covered by donations.
Volunteers expect the job to wrap up Sunday.