Homes in Need of Repairs Receive Makeovers

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

April 9, 2011

The Building Goodness Foundation and students from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia partnered to help local residents make much need home repairs.

More than 25 students, volunteers and contractors participated in the project on Saturday. The scene resembled that of the ABC Network show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"We're replacing floors, painting pretty much all the walls, repainting the ceiling and putting in new fixtures in the bathroom," said student Ryan Thompson.

Ralph Brown's home was one of those chosen for the rehab project. He described this day as exciting.

"It's far more than I expected. I realize that they intended to upgrade but the work that they are doing is more superior than I ever expected it to be," said Brown.

It was out with the old and in with new as a trash dumpster sat outside the Browns' residence. Students say this wasn't about scoring extra points in school.

"I think that this project gives us something beyond Darden, to get in touch with local people and feel like were doing something other than just being in school all day," says Thompson.

A total of 16 homes and structures were repaired in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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