New Jersey Pines: The home is where the heart is
By Mark Zimmaro
Burlington County Times
Westampton, NJ – The buzz saws and drills were loud, but the sound of a community coming together to help a family in need was nearly overwhelming.
The Fuller Center for Housing in the New Jersey Pines has been pounding and chipping away at a rehabilitation project in the Tarnsfield section of Westampton for the past two weeks. The volunteer group is in the process of refurbishing a home for a Theresa Armstrong and her teenage son Mark, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – an inherited disorder that involves rapidly-worsening muscle weakness – and is wheelchair-bound.
On Saturday, a group of a dozen or so volunteers were back at work making adjustments to the new roof that has been placed on top of the single one-story home on Berkshire Court.
"The siding is horrible," said Chuck Bubeck, vice president of the local affiliate of the Fuller Center. "It doesn’t look bad but it’s leaking. It still needs some work."
The project started last weekend as the volunteers ripped off the old roof of the Armstrongs’ residence and replaced it with a brand new roof and shingles. The group is also transforming the garage into a private bedroom and a handicapped-accessible bathroom for Mark, who is a student at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. The entire cost of the project is more than $8,000. Continue reading >>
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