Rock the Block: Help for homeowners

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – “We’ve got a lot of help this week and, making really good progress,” Capital Region Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Ambassador Ron Fuller said.

With a steady flow of paint, and scaffolding in place, volunteers in Lansing’s Old Town are getting to work.

“It still needs to go down that way. We need to do this side,” Fuller said.

Ron Fuller, with Habitat for Humanity, says more than 350 volunteers are helping to Rock the Block this week.

“What we’re really doing at this point is not just helping one family, but helping an entire community by revitalizing neighborhoods,” Fuller said.

Peter Guins is one of the homeowners receiving help from volunteers.

“This neighborhood has been sliding up and down all the time we’ve been here, Guins said.

But he’s also putting in his sweat equity alongside those painting his home.

“I’m making the corner trim for that corner of the back porch room over there,” Guins said.

And just a couple blocks over, Lori Hurst’s house is also getting a fresh coat of paint.

“It’s beautiful,” Hurst said. “They’re doing a great job. I think they did an awesome thing for the community.”

“These are beautiful old homes, and they’re show pieces. You just need to give ’em a facelift and remind people how beautiful they are,” volunteer Tamra Barrick said.

Tamra Barrick wants old town to keep moving forward.

“When they started revitalizing it, it had become the art center and it’s beautiful, and anything we can do to keep that going, and make the whole place the show place of this whole area, it’s worth it,” Barrick said.

It goes to show a little help from the community can go a long way.

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