This past Saturday, I made it a point to stop by the Jubilee community in Wake Forest to see the great work that was happening there with our A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) exterior home repair program.

I found a great community comprised of volunteers, homeowners, and neighbors busy at work painting, landscaping, and doing minor carpentry work—but most of all sharing an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and pride. I met a homeowner who has recently completed breast cancer treatment who was so pleased to have volunteer support to help her home “recover” just as she was recovering. Her husband was busy with neighborhood church volunteers sprucing up the back deck of their home.

The exterior repairs are needed to help families extend their time in the homes they have occupied for decades. More than just a fresh look—ABWK brings a tangible sense of hope to communities. The activity is contagious–people have a different attitude about the community and the upward cycle begins. 35 families are benefitting directly from this program this year, but scores of others will benefit by being caught up in this cycle!

If you haven’t tried out ABWK—sign up now. For no other reason than to catch the contagious enthusiasm of our site supervisor Roxanne and other dedicated volunteer leaders. After a day of labor and community building—you will definitely thank yourself!