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National Day of Service: Mini "Extreme Home Makeovers"

PHOTO: Volunteers working on a home last year for the National Day of Service. Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County.
PHOTO: Volunteers working on a home last year for the National Day of Service. Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County.
September 7, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A dozen houses are being upgraded all at once Saturday in Cheyenne. The entire block will receive weatherization, safety improvements and new landscaping as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance, to mark the September 11 anniversary.

Josh Nicholas, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County, is helping organize the more than 250 volunteers who will complete the work. Each home has been assessed by Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power to determine what energy efficiency installations are needed. And AARP Wyoming did in-home safety inspections.

"We know that we need six handrails in this particular home, we need slip-resistant tape in this tub for that particular home. So, while we're doing work on the interior of the home, we're planting trees, shrubs, mowing, whatever that home may need."

Nicholas says while the work done instills pride, there are a lot of other emotions during the project.

"Volunteers are just so eager to kind of roll up their sleeves and be a part of the community during this time of remembrance."

Residents receiving the help are retirees, or those with low-incomes and/or disabilities.

The all-day project Saturday is in the 700 block of West 25th Street (between Reed and Bent Avenues), Cheyenne.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY