SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WGGB) – It was a massive undertaking. Rebuilding twenty-five tornado damaged homes in Springfield in five days.
In spite of some wet weather, Rebuilding Together Springfield was a huge success. The difference between Margarita Mulero’s Cherry Street home a week ago and today is stunning. And it’s all thanks to Rebuilding Together Springfield and some 1000 volunteers.
The June 1st tornado did heavy damage to the roof, siding, windows and doors of Margarita’s home. The last few months have been tough for her, but Margarita says, “Now that Rebuilding Together is coming home to the rescue, I’m feeling a little bit better and more comfortable and kind of getting ready for winter.”
Colleen Loveless is the executive director. She says Rebuilding Together came to the rescue of homeowners who’d run out of options, homes where the homeowners may not have had insurance or had inadequate insurance. Rebuilding Together fills the unmet needs of the low income homeowners.
The rebuild means Margarita’s home is all buttoned up for winter, something she wasn’t sure would happen a few weeks ago. She says, “To see volunteers, let alone people that aren’t even getting paid, and FEMA having the duty to help me wasn’t there, to see Rebuilding Together there for me just meant a great deal.”
A great deal for Margarita and twenty-five other homeowners in Springfield.