Local Charity 'Home Works' Gives Homes Some Much Needed Home Improvement

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Volunteers with Home Works for America worked on Annie May Jones home in Columbia on Tuesday.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Home improvement is often difficult for many of the Midlands' most experienced residents, but a local charity is helping homes with hope.

Annie May Jones, 76, says her home is falling apart. After applying for help with Home Works of America, her home improvement problems may soon be solved.

"I need help with it," Jones said. "I need help."

Home Works is a faith-based charity that uses its resources to repair homes of elderly citizens. On April 17, home improvement volunteers have planned to spend the day plumbing, fixing roofs, repairing windows, and lighting on 25 homes in Columbia.

"Home Works brings adults and youth here to prioritize the needs and make for a safe house". Over the past 15years, Home Works have fixed up over 1100 homes.

Hank Chardos, executive director for the charity, said, "It's for one day, but in that one day, it's a week's worth of work". Chardos says not only does the program give hope to the homes of the elderly, but it also educates the youth involved with the project.

"We want to teach them how to use a power tool. We want to teach them how to pull out a nail. These are things that are so basic, but at Mrs. Jones house in particular, it's going to mean an awful lot".

The program plans on fixing up over 200 houses by the end of the year. It's something Mrs. Jones says she's grateful for. "Now, I see where hope is, and the makes me feel good. It makes me feel good."

If you would like to volunteer or even apply for assistance from Home Works, visit the HOMEWORKSOFAMERICA website. Or give them a call at 803-781-4536

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