by Jenny Erickson, HBA Development & Project Coordinator
Rebuilding Together of Fargo-Moorhead Area, Inc., has many projects every year that help people remain in their homes. Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation (Home Builders Association of F-M’s charity) contributed $3,000 to help one of these projects become a reality for a home owner. Here’s the story!
Sheryl Klugman has lived in her 1921 north Fargo home for 21 years. She originally applied to Rebuilding Together for help re-flooring her bedrooms. That project was taken care of in other ways, but Rebuilding Together kept her application on file. Eventually her bathroom needed some updating, and Klugman asked if they could install a medicine cabinet and a new coat of paint. After Rebuilding Together Director Russ Richards viewed the bathroom, he asked to remodel the room instead.
Richards met with Home Builders Care Foundation Past President Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction, and they decided to remove Klugman’s closet which was inset a few inches into the bathroom, limiting access to the shower. The closet was replaced with a doorway to Klugman’s bedroom. They also installed a new vinyl floor, toilet, vanity, accessibility bar and shower surround. Since the closet was removed, an armoire was purchased for her room. In addition to the bathroom remodel, a new dryer and central air conditioner were installed.
Many HBA of F-M members helped out with this project. Anderson, was the project lead and Klugman had nothing but good things to say about him.
“He kept things spotless!” she says.
Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., helped with the removal of the old fixtures. Nodak Stores provided a great discount on the dryer, and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom supplied the air conditioner at a great rate.
Voxland Electric did the electrical work, with Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland performing the tasks himself. Once Klugman realized who Voxland was, she was extremely excited that she had a “celebrity” working on her house!
Klugman is so proud of her new bathroom she gladly shows it off to anyone. The only thing she had to say to Rebuilding Together and Home Builders Care was, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
The mission of Rebuilding Together of Fargo-Moorhead Area, Inc., is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of home owners in need. It does this by offering home repair and renovation services, free of charge, to low-income families with an emphasis on helping the elderly, people with disabilities and Veterans. To learn more visit rebuildingtogetherfma.org.
Founded in 1993, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation is the HBA of F-M’s charitable organization. Its funds are earmarked for skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry. Its goals are to promote, organize and coordinate the community outreach efforts of the home building industry. The Foundation and HBA members built a home with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in 2012. In addition, it has provided more than $157,000 in scholarship money to area university, technical school and high school students over the past several years. The Foundation also collaborated with HBA of F-M members to remodel the RENEW House, a 100-year-old home in Fargo’s neighborhood revitalization district that was sold to a young workforce family. To learn more visit www.hbcfm.com.
The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of almost 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide quality services, benefits and education to members and the community while representing the collective interests of the home building industry. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more information, visit www.hbafm.com.