Beautiful townhomes rehabbed with the help of dozens of volunteers
Above, dozens of volunteers including Mary Lockhart White, Community Action Partnership of Lake County CEO; and Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president of operations and maintenance at People’s Gas and North Shore Gas gather after keys were given to veterans for their new townhouses. North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham is front middle right. – CAPOLC photo
by Tina Johansson
A couple of local veteran families now have a place they can call home, thanks to the Community Action Partnership of Lake County (CAPOLC) and Peoples/North Shore Gas.
Dozens of volunteers including volunteers of North Shore Gas, two of which are veterans, worked to help with the Volunteer Day event themed “Home and Honor” over the Patriot Day weekend – the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mary Lockhart White, executive director and CEO of CAPOLC, joined Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president of operations and maintenance for the gas company to honor two veteran families with affordable rehabbed townhomes in North Chicago.
We are proud to partner on this project with North Shore Gas, whose commitment to serving the community closely aligns with our mission to promote self-sufficiency of families and individuals with low incomes and improve the standard of living in Lake County.” – Mary Lockhart White, CEO and executive director of CAPOLC
The volunteers painted, installed blinds, assembled beds, hung picture frames and moved in furniture to make the homes move-in ready. The volunteers also decorated a nursery for an expectant veteran mother.
The North Shore Gas energy efficiency team performed home energy audits. As part of the company’s Home Energy Jumpstart program, energy-saving products were installed, including showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation and CFL bulbs.
“We are proud to partner on this project with North Shore Gas, whose commitment to serving the community closely aligns with our mission to promote self-sufficiency of families and individuals with low incomes and improve the standard of living in Lake County,” said Lockhart White.
So far this year, CAPOLC has rehabbed 10 three-bedroom homes for veterans. The partnership brings new homes to the veteran families who have struggled with housing since their return from serving in Iraq.
In preparation for the September 10 rehab, the North Shore Gas employees worked for two weeks building decks in the front and rear of the homes, installing four basement windows and eight ceiling fans, repairing one home’s stove, purchasing and installing a new stove, repairing drywall, and performing an inside safety inspection.
“Together we have the power to impact the lives of veterans who have served and protected us,” said Flores Rolfson. “It is an honor to give back to our fellow servicemen and women and their families on the eve of Patriot Day.”