Rewarding Sweat Equity

The sounds of power saws and hammers echoed throughout Houston’s Sunnyside and Third Ward neighborhoods today. Workers traded a day at the office to take part in the only non-profit, volunteer based effort to restore the homes of low income seniors. Pat Hernandez has more.


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Men and women from Reliant Energy and its parent company NRG, were busy breaking a sweat at a home in the 3rd Ward. Linda Merritt’s day job is doing public affairs.

Rebuild“You’re seeing the front steps being leveled. There’s some additional security work being done to the iron work as part of the home security. There’s some siding that has gotten rotten, weathered over the years and is being replaced.”

Ron Apercee is normally IT Mgr for NRG, but now he was helping replace broken concrete leading up to the front door.

“We’ve got folks that have all types of skills from general carpentry to painting and scraping, and all for a great great cause.”

PH:  “Do you have a picture of this house when it’s finished in your mind?”

Apercee: “We do. We want it to look like it’s a brand new house, the best on the block, and where folks are gonna drive by and just envy the work that this very deserving lady has.”

Homeowner Katherine Herron says her house was a mess until the crew showed up.

“They’ve put a roof on. They’ve leveled it for me, which was most necessary. They’ve done some electrical work for me, and now they’re doing the painting. So, I just can’t tell you how grateful I really am for that.” 

Since 2002 employee volunteers have helped repair about 55-homes of low-income Houston seniors for the company’s annual spring workday with Rebuilding Together-Houston.

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