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Youth Day of Service Held, Springfield Home Renovated

(Photo Courtesy Rebuilding Together)

(Photo Courtesy Rebuilding Together)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) —  United Way of Pioneer Valley, Church of God of Prophecy, and Rebuilding Together teamed up for a Youth Day of Service Friday to help renovate and spruce up a foreclosed property at 90 Bowles Street in Springfield.

ABC40 caught up with the team which included teens and young adults from the church.

Between the overgrown weeds and grass you can barely see the green siding and broken windows of the home on Bowles Street.

“It looks old and beaten.  It looks like it needs a lot of work,” Tiquanna Gilbert told us.  She’s with the Church of God and Prophecy.

But that’s an understatement for this Springfield house that has been foreclosed and donated to the Rebuild Together organization.

Mission impossible though? We don’t think so.

The crew of about 30 volunteers piled out of the van, and didn’t waste a second.  They began to clean up the property almost immediately working together to get the job done.

With dangerous floorboards their goal was to rebuild the entire porch and gut the interior of the house as well.  So by the time the rundown house was finished Friday night it looked beautiful.

Laurie Williams with Rebuilding Together says, “This home is going to go to a low income family who may probably, more than likely, wouldn’t be able to afford a house that is usually on the market.”

And those who helped realize they, too, benefit from the experience.

“”I would hope that one day if I was in the same situation, somebody would come along and help me out,” says Ryan Graham, who’s also with the Church of God and Prophecy.

One thing is for sure, the few hours of hard work has left a lasting impression on this Springfield community.


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