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Program Overview

The A Brush With Kindness program partners with families who own their home, but because of circumstances, need assistance in resolving repair and accessibility issues.

- List of “A Brush With Kindness” Projects –

January 2012 - June 30, 2012
Complete replacement of roof, bathroom, a major section of floor, kitchen cabinets, laundry room plumbing, walls and appliances. Orlando was living in an environment thatwas filled with mold, and rotten floor. Water was seeping through the entire house from roof leaks and compromised plumbing. The project was a major renovation that has saved Orlando from losing his home.
Replacement of exterior doors, windows, and flooring. This effort was primarily a weatherization project, providing Barbara with a more energy efficient home. We also installed a window in her bathroom that was not properly vented.  
The ABWK Team took on a major roof replacement project that included the replacement of much of the roof sheathing as well is all related roof and flashing components. The project was a critical solution to an ever increasing leak problem that was beginning to compromise interior spaces throughout the house. The project was complex, with four separate roofs replaced and major sections of flashing fabricated. Thoughtful and careful planning by our project manager was a critical component to success in this challenging project.
This project was one that focused on safety and safe access. The first floor of this older home owned by Lorraine, functions as a children’s day care center. Lorraine did not have the resources to replace the porches (front and back) that were becoming un-steady and dangerous. The ABWK Team did a remarkable job of integrating new sections of decking, and staircases into the existing structure, creating a welcoming and safe access for the children and their parents.  

July 1, 2012 - January 1, 2013
This project was yet another complete roof replacement. The ABWK team worked with Connie and her family to replace a complex roof on her home. Connie lives in the house her husband built in 1961. With a fixed income, she was not been able to afford the cost of replacing the roof on her well-kept home. The ABWK team completed the roof replacement, replaced all flashing including the chimney area and repainted her water stained ceilings.  
The project included a number of critical and safety related repairs to the home of an extended family that included mom, children and grandchildren. The family of 8 had to deal with a non-functional kitchen, stopped up bathroom plumbing, broken stair rails and broken windows. The project is underway and includes the replacement of a complete kitchen including cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. The ABWK team is also refurbishing a bathroom, replacing broken windows replacing missing and broken stair railing. This initiative has proven to be a challenging one, with difficult decisions made regarding what repairs to complete and what to leave for some future project.
Randi lost her husband four years ago and has been working hard to maintain her home and care for her eight year old daughter. Her first floor bath was not functioning as a result of a winter pipe burst and her rear entry way was left unfinished after a remodel project was cut short because of a lack of funds. The Brush with Kindness team created a new bath for Randi, with a tiled tub surround, new plumbing, new floor, new walls and lighting. Her entryway was rewired, sheet rocked and painted, providing her a finished entry into her home.  During the project, the ABWK team found and repaired a number of serious electrical and plumbing issues in her home, assuring Randi and her daughter a safe  and comfortable home for the future.
The project involved the demolition and re-construction of a room addition added to Alicia’s home many years ago. The roof had collapsed and the space was open to the weather. The ABWK team completed the demolition, installed new sheathing and new roof, assuring the home is weather tight. Additional work included repair of leaking plumbing in the bathroom and the replacement of the shower mix valve.
Emmanuella submitted her application for ABWK assistance after being referred to us by Liberty Bank. She is working with Liberty Bank to refinance the home she shares with her mother through CHFA, the Ct. Housing and Finance Authority. The refinancing required her to complete a kitchen renovation started years ago and looked like her  
refinancing application would fail. The ABWK team was able to install a beautiful kitchen donated to the Habitat ReStore. The kitchen project included sheetrock work electrical work cabinet installation plumbing and lighting. The finished kitchen has become the focus of her home!
Angela came to Middlesex Habitat asking for assistance in making her home more accessible for her mother who has her leg recently amputated. The project included the
installation of wider doors, both exterior and interior, installation of an accessible shower stall, modification of bathroom fixtures, and the installation of a handicap ramp.
The ABWK team has completed the door modifications, bathroom changes, new shower installation, and ramp installation. This project is the first “all accessibility” ABWK
Our next scheduled project
This project is in process and we expect the application review to be completed in March, 2013. Diane, an out of work school teacher and single mom with two children at home, is looking for assistance with the repair of poorly installed windows, and the replacement of some existing windows in her home.    
Middlesex Habitat continues to receive requests for applications every week and are processing completed applications for review. We anticipate at least five additional ABWK projects during the 2012-13 fiscal year. For more information about the A Brush With Kindness program, please call 860-343-9179.

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