'Rebuilding Together' Project Brings Boost To East Nashville Neighborhood

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'Rebuilding Together' Project Brings Boost To East Nashville Neighborhood

CREATED May 30, 2014

by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE Tenn. – Several homes in an East Nashville neighborhood are getting dramatic makeovers, thanks to hundreds of volunteers from across the country.

Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit group that provides home repairs and improvements to low-income homeowners, is spearheading the three day project. For the last four years, the “Building a Healthy Neighborhood” event has been held in a different city.

This is the first time the group has worked in Nashville.

Rebuilding Together travels the country to identify neighborhoods in need, and volunteers have focused on projects at 15 homes in the Cleveland and McFerrin Park neighborhoods.

They have also installed a new playground for the entire community to enjoy.

“It’s fantastic to get plugged in in this neighborhood,” said Mary Melissa Yohn, a volunteer and house captain. “All the changes are really livening up the neighborhood.”

At a home on Meridian Street, volunteers were anxious to roll up their sleeves and help. They took on multiple projects including painting, rebuilding the porch, landscaping, and flooring and drywall inside.

“It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work,” said Alayne Franson, who is from Salt Lake City. “It’s cool to be in a new city and be able to serve the community.”

The homeowner, Michschell Reed, watched in amazement as her home of 25 years was transformed. She even volunteered to help with some of the projects.

“The work they are doing is amazing,” said Reed, who lives in the home with her husband and two grandchildren. “My grandkids will have a beautiful bedroom now. The bathroom is getting fixed. The porch is getting fixed. It’s just been amazing. I am so thankful. I feel so blessed.”

More volunteers are welcome to help on Saturday. Volunteers should meet at Glen Enhanced Option Elementary School, located at 322 Cleveland Street, at 8 a.m. Once all the projects are completed, a community celebration for homeowners and volunteers will be held at 1 p.m.

For more information on Rebuilding Together, visit: http://rebuildingtogether.org/ 

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