Ken and Marea

Ken & Marea... 

I remember the first day I stopped by their house before any volunteers had began working on it. Rodney and I were driving over a door to drop off to replace the old one. The house was a disaster, windows were broken, the door was burned and mostly missing. The front of the house had black from the fire all across it. Then Ken pulled up in his car, and stepped out to introduce himself to me. He started talking about his front yard, and how he had began to cut it down like our volunteers had been doing with other houses in the neighborhood. He had done his best to keep the grass and plants in his yard tamed, even while his house was completely burnt out. This showed me his dedication from day one. Obviously, we worked the most with Ken and Marea, and they worked the most with us. They were in it for all the right reasons and then some, showing up almost every day to work side by side with our volunteers. Ken was definitely tried over the summer when someone stole from his house again. They even stole the brand new door we installed. Still, he was determined to claim his house for good, and we proved his place in the neighborhood by the end of the summer. I wish Ken and Marea nothing but the best in their lives, and hope that they will one day have the house they have been waiting for.