Rebuilding Together teams with U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen

Rebuilding Together teams with U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen

Volunteers from the U.S. Naval Academy and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade are pictured at the home they repaired.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade Inc., with the help of volunteers from the U.S. Naval Academy, provided critical home repairs for Jeanette Kendall of Florida City, between Mar. 14 and 18.

The “Midis,” who were on spring break, chose to use their time doing community service work in Florida City. A group of 12 Midshipmen worked with Rebuilding Together Miami to insulate the house, replace drywall, paint the interior of the house and clean up a well overgrown yard.

The homeowner is a 73-year-old woman who has lived in her Florida City home for over 40 years. She has worked in housekeeping for Baptist and Homestead hospitals, but stopped working due to physical problems.

Living on a fixed income, Kendall does not have the resources to make capital improvements to her home. She had a badly leaking roof that destroyed the ceilings and insulation in her home. Rebuilding Together Miami has installed a new roof for Kendall and with the help of the Naval volunteers is completing critical home repairs on the interior of the house.

First Class Midshipman Matthew Chavez for Houston, TX has not worked on a spring break project as big as this one.

“This is an opportunity to be productive, spend time with other classmates, exercise leadership skills and give back to others less fortunate that we are,” Chavez said. “The Academy stresses service and selflessness and this is a good opportunity to put people and our country first.”

This project is part of National Rebuilding Day in collaboration between Florida City and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade. Rebuilding Together Miami is providing critical home repairs for nineteen homes in Florida City utilizing hundreds of volunteer on Saturday, Apr. 30. This work is made possible with grants from Florida City and TD Bank.

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