Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH)'s home preservation program provides affordable micro-loans to qualifying homeowners who need help with accessibility modifications, home weatherization, general home repairs, yard cleanup, and landscaping. Some critical repair work and larger loans are available on a case-by-case basis. GSHFH works alongside volunteers and homeowners to make repairs.
Meet Mrs. Martowski
Helen is a 100-year-old Navy veteran and Ludlow native. She served in World War II with five of her 10 siblings, and future husband. Later, she worked in the Office of Naval Intelligence handling classified material. These days, she is retired and widowed, but not alone. She has three children, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Even though Helen is legally blind and hearing impaired, she has chosen to age at home and receives care on a daily basis. When we heard Helen was in need of a new screen door and ramp, roof, and chimney repairs, we knew it was the least we could do for a woman who has given so much for our country. Recently, we did just that and replaced the trim on her doorway, removing the rotted wood. We partnered with local contractors Owens Corning and Vista Home Improvement to replace the roof. We teamed up with Roussel and Sons Masonry to repair and update the chimney.
Helen dines outside on her new ramp.
The roofing project begins.
The roof is finished.