By: Christine Souders
Home improvements, like replacing a roof could cost thousands of dollars, and for one Geneseo family, that's too much to bear.
But some local volunteers are rolling up their sleeves to take the stress away.
Single Mom, Candy Haney raised her kids, and is now raising her grand kids, and she said her waitressing job isn't enough to fix necessary repairs around the house.
"Being a low–income family, I couldn't afford it," said Candy Haney who's been living with the worries of paying for a new roof, replacing an unsafe porch, and keeping her family warm.
"I was putting rugs or something underneath, so I wouldn't have drafts coming in."
Her neighbor, Patsy Andress noticed the stress taking its' toll, so she nominated Haney for the Rebuilding Together program.
"I could see it in her eyes that the roof was bothering her. She knew that she wasn't going to be able to come up with the money," said Andress.
Now, she doesn't have to.
The organization hired contractors to put a new roof on her home for free.
And on Saturday, volunteers hammered and drilled into what's now Haney's front entrance to her home, And replaced those drafty doors and windows with energy efficient ones,
"We have responsibilities for other people, and it's not always about us," said Rich Kraft, a volunteer.
"Someday I might need some help, and I hope there's someone to return a favor," said Steve Doy, another volunteer.
A favor, Andress said her neighbor deserves.
"She'll be able to smile when she comes home, and feel relieved."
Rebuilding Together was able to do all that through a $10,000 dollar grant they received from Lowe's for their fall rebuilding day.