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Rebuilding Hope helps legally blind man with home repairs

DALTON, GA (WRCB)- One North Georgia man is getting a home makeover, thanks to the help of complete strangers. And he is just one of many who will receive help over the summer.

For the past four and half years, the non-profit 'Rebuilding Hope' in Dalton has teamed up with Grace Presbyterian Church to rebuild and repair homes for people who can not do the work themselves.

Right now they are helping a legally blind man, who says he is so thankful for the help.

"I've here all my life. Sixty-three years," says Fred Brown.

Brown is legally blind.

He was born and raised in his house off South Dixie Highway.

"This used to be an old grocery store before my folks bought it and turned it into a shaneel place," he says.

Over the years it has fallen into major disrepair. The roof was leaking. The floors were rotting.

"Oh it was leaking all over this bathroom in here and the front room," he says.

"He got stuck on the back burner somewhere. And there's really nobody out there for him. And now it seems like finally somebody woke up and said, 'Let's go help Fred,'" says Fred's caretaker, Christine Eure.

Enter Grace Presbyterian Church and the non-profit Rebuilding Hope.

Monday a group from Tampa was giving their time and energy.

Eure is so happy they are jumping in to help.

"I thought this was really a wonderful thing and it's something you can't put a price on," says Eure.

"We really have a lot to take on here," says Hannah Mahoney.

Mahoney works with Grace and Rebuilding Hope. She says it goes beyond replacing a roof and the floors.

"We do it to build relationships with other people," she says.

She says it is about providing comfort for folks like Fred.

"We know people like Fred are here in there homes and they're very lonely and disconnected from a lot of people. Because we know Fred can't leave his house," says Mahoney.

"I couldn't do this on my own at all. Time and age kind of wears you down and wears you out," says Brown.

He says he is thankful for both the company and the effort.

"I think this is a marvelous thing they're doing, this group of people who reaches out in to the community and helps people who can't help themselves," says Brown.

Since it started, Rebuilding Hope has rebuilt and repaired more than 120 homes, averaging 20 to 30 a year.

If you'd like more info on how you can help, email Jim Boyd at: rebuildinghope@live.com

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