Thrivent Partners with Austin Habitat to Repair Homes: Barbara Harris

June 27, 2018

Ms. Barbara Harris has lived in her home on Springs Meadows since 1983. She raised three children here, and as the original owner, Ms. Harris takes great pride in her home. After retiring from 23 years as a State employee, Ms. Harris still works temp jobs to be able to get by.

When she needed repairs to the interior and exterior of her home such as functional cabinets, plumbing, electrical and siding, a friend of Ms. Harris told her about Austin Habitat for Humanity.

Austin Habitat completed the critical repair on the Harris household, which included an array of repairs. Electrical work included replacing GFCI in hall bath and kitchen, installing a plug for garage door opener, securing a hall light, and replacing a back-porch light with 180-degree motion for security. Exterior work included properly venting the dryer, replacing siding on the Northwest corner and back of the house, and installing gutters. Work in the bathroom and kitchen included replacing the toilet in the hall bathroom with comfort height toilet and installing kitchen cabinets, counter tops, and backsplash.

With support from Thrivent Financial, Ms. Harris was able to receive more work on the exterior of her home including a fresh coat of paint. Especially with the new siding, Ms. Harris was very appreciative of the extra help to complete this task. She even worked alongside volunteers during Thrivent’s project­ painting her home and restoring her pride.

Before the repair, Ms. Harris said, “There are some areas in my home that need to be repaired. We have identified areas that could be improved for safety reasons.” After the repair, Ms. Harris said, “I am very satisfied with the assistance I received!” Now, Ms. Harris agrees with the statements, “I feel safe in my home in its present condition” and “I can easily move around within my home.” Thank you for building strength, stability, and self-reliance in Ms. Barbara Harris!

Thank you Thrivent Financial for your support of Austin Habitat’s Home Repair Program!

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