Rebuilding Day to help dozens of Oklahoma residents with home improvements

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OKLAHOMA CITY - More than a thousand volunteers will come together to renovate and improve 30 houses in the metro.

It is for Rebuilding Day, led by Rebuilding Together OKC.

During the event, homes will be getting new paint, windows and even ramps for those with a disability.

On N.W. 14th St. between McKinley and Ellison, Rebuilding Together is revamping 10 out of the 30 houses, calling it a “block build."

When driving by the Classen-Ten-Penn neighborhood, you may notice a few signs in front of houses.

"All of us could use a room or two painted, all of us could use new carpet and that's why we're here, we can help them with that," said Rev. Lori Walke, with Mayflower Congregational Church.

Volunteers are helping families like the Guzmans with necessary repairs.

Juan and his wife are expecting their first child soon; they're looking forward to getting the carpet replaced, along with other home improvements.

"They're going to repair the walls,” said Guzman.

Volunteers will work to make their home safer, even adding a nursery for their newest addition.

"They're going to paint it too,” said Guzman.

A few houses down, the Leyva's are also getting much-needed assistance.

The family is already utilizing a 40 foot accessible ramp that Rebuilding Together built, but more safety changes are happening inside the home.

"We're going to take out this entire unit and replace it with a walk in shower," said Morgan Green, with Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

"I hope they're just comfortable and can live a safe and healthy life for a long time," said Jonathan Merrick, program director for Rebuilding Together OKC.

"It means a lot. We want the best for our grandparents," said Angel Espinoza, the Leyva's grandson.

"I'm feeling happy," said Guzman.

Rebuilding Together OKC is funded through donations from volunteers, charitable foundations and corporations.

Rebuilding Day kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m., rain or shine.

For more information, visit the group's website. 

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