Service Day: Rebuilding Together honors MLK

Posted on: 10:00 pm, January 21, 2013, by , updated on: 11:12am, January 22, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – This week, more than 60 volunteers from the non-profit Rebuilding Together and AmeriCorps converged on Oklahoma City to help rebuild the historic Carverdale-Edwards-South Creston Hills (The C-E-C triangle) neighborhood.

They spent the day fixing up homes on the city’s northeast side in honor of the MLK day of service.

Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps Project Organizer, Madeline Whitehorn, said, “We do everything from installing grab bars to prevent falls in bathroom, to repairing and leveling floors, to fixing holes in the wall, [to] weatherizing.”

Joe and Debra Jackson are one of nine families locally to receive the hand up.

Debra is the sole provider.

Joe, a Vietnam Veteran, is losing his eye sight and can’t work.

“I have a great sum of medical bills,” he said. “Because of my eyes I had five surgeries all together.”

This is their chance to rebuild their home and lives.

They feed their guests a breakfast feast to show their appreciation. It’s a helping of hope and acceptance, on a day we honor an iconic civil rights leader and his dream.

AmeriCorps member, Keiana Coombs said, “MLK did a lot for our country as far as bringing us together and being able to be in service together.”

Volunteers will spend the week focusing on the historic Carverdale-Edwards-South Creston Hills (The C-E-C triangle) neighborhood.