Church Hill homes to get a major makeover

RICHMOND, VA. (WWBT) - Dozens of homes in the Peter Paul area of Church Hill will see a major make over on Saturday. More than  1,500 volunteers will be in the neighborhood to fix all types of problems.

Melvin Washington is a U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam. But that's not where his struggles began. He was shot at work back in 1970. "I'm a spinal cord patient. I still have a bullet in my back and at times I can't walk."

He's confined to a wheelchair. But not just one wheelchair. He has several. "It's very hard because I can't get my wheelchair through here. It's not wide enough."

So that's where Amy King and her team at Rebuilding Together Richmond stepped in.

Soon a wall will come down to help him with his wheelchair problem. Also, crews will also fix a crumbling step, change out a shaky railing and add some new wood boards to a handicap ramp. Then, he'll only need one wheelchair.

Melvin's home is one of 47 homes to get a makeover tomorrow.

"It will blow your mind from morning to evening. I don't think you'll recognize you're in the same place," King said.

At other homes, crews will also be working on outdoor lighting and other indoor issues.

The goal is to restore the quality of life and pride for low income seniors and the disabled spanning all across the neighborhood: All of it changing the lives of those who call this neighborhood, home.

The event kicks off today with a block party starting at 4:30 and running until 6:30 at the Peter Paul Development Center. It's free to anyone and there will be free food, too.

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