Springfield Comes Out in Force to Rebuild
Oscar Granado is humbled watching all of these people work on his home. “It’s beautiful. It is something… I don’t know if this is possible but I want to thank the people out there in the field working to make this possible.
The Marine Corps Vet has been living on Tyler Street for over 3 decades.
His home, along with many on Tyler St. was damaged in the June 2011 tornado.
At 72-years old he’s still working full time so that he can take care of his wife Carol, who has breast cancer. Like other families on their block, they have limited funds to make repairs on their own. Rebuilding together not only stepped in, but made the renovations green. “We’ve had some extensive tree removal, some roofs, insulation, tree branches came down. So we’re focusing this event called Green and Fit Cluster Rebuild, the focus is on energy efficiency and healthy homes,” said Colleen Loveless, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Springfield.
It’s the very first time Rebuilding Together has taken over an entire street, doing 25 homes at once.
Volunteers say it’s important to serve those who served our country. “IIt’s awesome. To give a little back for what they’ve done for us, it’s unexplainable. That’s why we’re out here now just painting and giving back as much as we can,” Wendy Wilder shared. “Like President John F. Kennedy said, it’s not what your country can do for you; it’s what you can do for your country,” added Granado.
Several local businesses like the Mass Mutual Financial Group, Hampden Bank, and Kitchens by Curio helped sponsor the rebuilding effort.