Keller Williams Revolution Team helps veterans during Red Day in Illinois Valley
PEORIA, Illinois — When the Keller Williams Revolution Team went looking for volunteer projects to tackle during their annual Red Day of service, they turned to the always busy and productive Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing for help.
They went to the right place. The Illinois Valley FCH focuses on helping veterans and their families make repairs and upgrades so that they can continue to live safely in the homes they love. They quickly identified four veteran homeowner partners whom the volunteers could help:
- Ronald is a 79-year-old Vietnam veteran who was held as a POW. He was so emaciated that he weighed just 93 pounds when he returned from the war and was unrecognizable to his family. The volunteers provided desperately needed painting to the exterior and interior of his home.
- Herman and Amy have lived in their home for more than 17 years but were facing code violations. Amy said it was a “Godsend” to have the volunteers paint their garage and home.
- Charles was a Korean War veteran who recently died at the age of 92. Volunteers painted the garage for his widow, Norma.
- Daniel is a 75-year-old Navy veteran who desperately needed brush cleared from his backyard, and he was thrilled to have volunteers spruce up his front porch and steps with fresh coats of paint.
More than two dozen Keller Williams Revolution Team volunteers participated in the four projects, along with eight Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing volunteers. A $2,500 grant from Fuller Center headquarters in Americus, Ga., helped make the work possible.
“We look forward to partnering with Keller Williams again next year on their Red Day Service Project,” said Debbie Gaught, Director of the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing.