Jan. 13, 2014
A local man is taking on a big project and calling on the community to assist with completing it. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Greg Lowery who's helping an Orange County family in need build and move into a new home.
When Greg Lowery first visited his adopted family to drop off Christmas presents in 2012, he knew he wanted to do even more to help the Stewart family.
"Paula just works hard and she's trying to do the best she can for her family. She works two jobs when she should be retired sitting home with her family. She just struggles since her husband died," said Greg Lowery, Project Organizer.
Paula Stewart, her daughter Sam, who has special needs, and granddaughter live in a mobile home which is in desperate need of repair.
"We have a roof over our head. We have food. When it's not very cold, we have running water. With the cold coming up, you just take one day at a time," said Paula Stewart, Homeowner.
While Paula is optimistic and never complains about her living situation, Lowery says it's not a safe one.
They have a few melted sockets, frozen pipes under the home during the cold temperatures, and a hole in the front door which is temporarily covered by a rug. Those are just a few of Lowery's concerns.
"They never asked for any help. I interjected myself into their lives. They didn't ask for me. They just got me," said Lowery.
After contacting local businesses and organizations for donations, lots of money has come in including a $5,000 check from the Orange County High School SCA.
With donated lumber and supplies, Lowery and his crew have cleaned up an old building on Paula's property and plan to add on to it. They hope to transform the space into three bedrooms, one bath room, a kitchen and living room.
"Very grateful. I feel like there's a whole bunch of angels out there helping us and words can't describe it. It warms your heart and gives you hope," said Stewart.
"I can't even describe what it makes you feel like. Just to see them and how excited they are and happy about what's going on and that someone else cares about them, it's an indescribable feeling," said Lowery.
Sam, who currently shares a room with her mom, is looking forward to finally having her own space to hang out.
"I want to watch TV in my new house," said Samantha Stewart, lives in home.
Many in the community call Lowery a hero for organizing this project, but he doesn't agree.
"Absolutely not. Anybody could do what I'm doing. If they're willing to put forth the effort and get involved," said Lowery.
He's certainly putting in effort by raising money and recruiting volunteers so that the Stewarts can have a new and safe place to call home.
If you'd like to learn more about the project, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-308-3251.
There's also a bank account set up to benefit the project at Virginia National Bank in Orange. If you'd like to donate, please make checks payable to Virginia National Bank and write "Sam's House" in the memo section.