Master Builder

June 2016

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Sometimes our best work is done outside the offi ce. Take March 3, 2016, for example. This otherwise uneventful Thursday gave one woman reason to get outside and smell the roses again — literally. Those roses and other colorful fl owers located on the Seattle property of 92-year-old Juanita Aemmer have no doubt bloomed by now, fi lling both her heart and yard with colorful warmth. Juanita, who shares the home with her granddaughter and great- granddaughter, were the recipients of an unexpected helping of community outreach conceived by Rebuilding Together Seattle, and executed by the nonprofi t organization along with volunteer staff from the Master Builders Association and Association member Green Canopy Homes — more than 30 sets of helping hands in total. After Juanita's husband Harold died in 2011 at 95, she found it nearly impossible to keep up with the yard work and landscaping that he took so much pride in. Enter our horticulture heroes, whose Team Build activities also included bathroom and kitchen repairs, as well as some interior painting. "No one else does the work we do, the way we do it. Free home repairs for low-income homeowners," said Rebuilding Together Seattle Executive Director Nicole Ferrer. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done to address social issues, and sometimes it takes formal dollars and formal agency work, and other times it just takes a community coming together." MBA Director of Association Programs Aaron Adelstein added, "There's a lot of work to do, but it's really fulfi lling." Sometimes we forget that we are all part of a singular community. It only takes a little bit of extra work to make a big diff erence to our neighbors in need. Like Juanita. "I appreciate every inch of work that they do," she said. "I'm so pleased and so happy that anybody would come and do the work they're doing. I couldn't leave the house the way it was and now I feel much better that the work is being done while I'm still here." Now, when she looks up on a sunny day from her newly renovated yard, Juanita can smile knowing that somewhere up there Harold is looking down and smiling right back. Rebuilding Together Seattle Team Build One Yard, Miles of Smiles WANT TO GET INVOLVED? Contact MBA Community Stewardship Manager at mfi to learn how you can participate in future Team Builds and other stewardship opportunities throughout King and Snohomish counties. No one does the work we do, the way we do it. Free home repairs for low-income homeowners." – Executive Director, Nicole Ferrer 45 06.16 master builder industry image

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