Volunteers Transform NJ Vet’s Hurricane-Ravaged Home
Volunteers from The Home Depot joined together in late September to transform and repair a Navy veteran's NJ home after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.
U.S. Navy veteran Charles Best and his family found their Parlin home unlivable after flooding from the hurricane.
The Bests did not receive any money from their insurance company, nor did they qualify for federal or state disaster relief funds.
For the past year, the family has lived in an apartment at the St. Stanislaus Church.
Best's daughter Joanne Pollman appreciates the efforts of the volunteers.
"It's amazing. It's incredible and we were just blown away by the support that we've gotten from the community and from the Home Depot Foundation in particular," she said.
"It's been a really, really rough year. With the insurance company turning us down, we didn't know what we were going to do."
Pollman believes her parents will be fully moved back into their home by the end of October.
Best's wife Alice is impressed with the work that the Home Depot Foundation has done on their home so far.
"The Home Depot did a wonderful job. They are wonderful people," she said.
"They really deserve a lot of credit for it. They really do. They just took over. They did so many things. They went way beyond; they even did landscaping. We go over to the house every chance we get, my husband and myself, and I see the things that they're doing. It's just not to be believed. We're very lucky. "
Mrs. Best is excited to finally move back into their home after the renovations.
"It's been a very long haul. It's been a year that we've been out of our home. Actually a little bit more than a year. But we made it; we finally made it. And we'll be leaving I think in about a couple of weeks hopefully."
The repair efforts are part of a larger initiative, in which Home Depot store associates across the U.S. will complete hundreds of home renovation projects to support U.S. military veterans. It is a part of The Home Depot Foundation's second annual 'Celebration of Service' campaign.