Newcomers and longtime residents live side by side on Dalton Street, a close-knit community. Since 2014, Army veteran Kenneth Ray and his brother, have lived in the home where he and his siblings grew up. Their roots run deep in the Kenilworth community, where the Ray family has resided since before the Civil War.
Kenneth’s next-door neighbor, Ms. Ridley, is elderly, and he mows her grass and helps her walk from her car. So when he saw a van pull up one morning and strangers began digging holes in her yard, he had to check and see what was going on.
That’s when Kenneth learned about Asheville Habitat’s Home Repair program and applied to become a client himself. In addition to replacing the roof, our Home Repair team built a ramp to help Kenneth’s brother get in and out of the home; installed new floors, countertops and vent hood in the kitchen; upgraded the electrical panel; made the bathroom wheelchair-accessible, and more.
Community like this is a hard thing to replicate and it’s a main reason many homeowners want to remain in their own homes as they age. Habitat’s Home Repair program makes that possible. With the improvements made to Kenneth’s home, he now has stability and the chance to keep a well-maintained home in his family. “Dirt is an investment,” Kenneth said. “something that can be passed down for generations.”