GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A group of volunteers spent their Thursday morning trying to serve those who serve our country. Through the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes, they’re putting the finishing touches on a Greensboro home, focusing on the backyard.
“To come out here and give a little bit back is both personally fulfilling as well as an opportunity to give a fraction back,” said Rich Wilson, one of the volunteers.
Planting flowers, spreading straw, racking the land and rolling out the “green carpet,” the group gave a barren backyard a complete makeover in just a couple of hours.
“What we always do is add beautification to the home so there’s a feeling of serenity,” said founder of Building Homes for Heroes Andy Pujol. He says this may be the 100th home the nonprofit has provided for veterans nationwide.
And for Sharon Clark, a former staff sergeant with almost 20 years of service between the Air Force and the Army, seeing the support and hard work of complete strangers brought tears to her eyes.
“The togetherness was overwhelming because they came together and they didn’t have to,” Clark said. “We have been through a lot that people don’t see on inside of us and to see the community just come together and help that’s what made it amazing.”
Clark suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. She currently lives in downtown Greensboro and says it can be overwhelming, and sometimes scary, to go outside. The calm of a secluded home in the suburbs is a dream come true.
Renovations to the home, which was given to Building Homes for Heroes by the bank, cost over $100,000. To help accommodate Clark, they opened up some of the rooms, including the master bath and bedroom, to help her not feel enclosed.
Clark couldn’t be more thankful for a place to call home for her family. She’s excited to try to find peace outside, maybe get a dog, and try to pursue cooking.