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Home Again

A mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Virginia Suggs has enjoyed a long life full of memories and stories. And much like the woman herself, her home is a wealth of history. With time comes wear and tear, and the Suggs house has seen its fair share over the past four decades.

“I moved to this house in 1969,” she said, eyes gleaming. “I raised my whole family here, kids, grandkids. This house has seen three generations. We still celebrate holidays here. I cook sometimes. Tamarah, my daughter, cooks most of the time. She comes over every Sunday and fixes dinner.”

On Sept. 26, the home got a makeover courtesy of the Nashville chapter of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Volunteers made sure the house got the care and repairs it needed, from small projects to fixing potential disasters.

The volunteers arrived early Saturday morning. With more than 20 people lending a hand, a sense of community was fresh in the air. The Suggs family also joined in, and the home was buzzing with excitement.

“The atmosphere was very hectic, in a good way. We all wanted to get the job done,” said Malea Barron, one of the volunteers. “Volunteering is a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Time isn’t easy to come by, but when you know that you’re dedicating your time to help a family in need, it makes it worth it.”

Volunteers worked throughout the day to repair interior paint damage, replace light fixtures throughout the home, and provide other general maintenance. The biggest project was the replacement of framing, subflooring, and plumbing fixtures in the master bathroom. Because of a leaking shower pan, the floor framing was rotting and beginning to collapse.

Rebuilding Together Nashville also helped four other families in the area during this year’s annual event. The national organization brings volunteers and communities together to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners at no cost.

This year’s event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the LP Foundation, the charitable arm of LP Building Products, which provided both volunteers and a $15,000 grant to the Nashville chapter of Rebuilding Together to be used for much-needed improvements in the various homes.

Nationally, Rebuilding Together began with a small group of founding affiliates more than 30 years ago and has since grown to more than 200. With the vision of a safe and healthy home for every person and the help of 2.5 million volunteers nationally, Rebuilding Together has delivered more than $1 billion in market value since its founding.

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