Do you know someone who canâ€™t make much-needed house renovations, due to financial and/or physical limitations?
If so, then itâ€™s time to try to make a difference.
Nominations for the 2015 Acts of Kindness (AOK) Extreme Home Repair project, organized by the Aldergrove Seventh-day Adventist Church, are being accepted.
Nomination forms can be filled out and submitted online by clicking here.
Nominees must live within the Langley/Aldergrove area limits and the deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.
Volunteers will start renovating the home in early May, 2015, for a Victoria Day (May 18) reveal at 5 p.m.
â€œAny one can be nominated, and by anyone,â€ project manager Lorne Brownmiller said. â€œThe person must own the home, or should I say they can own the home with a bank. Situations always vary and in no way reflect the process, as a person in need is a person in need.â€
A home will only be selected if it is felt that the owner(s) cannot reasonably complete the needed repairs on their own, due to physical and/or financial limitations.
Brownmiller, who has been part of the project since 2004, added, â€œThey should be a good neighbour, regardless of the condition of their home.â€
After Nov. 15, the nominees are contacted first via a phone visit, which starts the process, and then by a visit to the home.
â€œAs always we are looking forward to making another difference in someoneâ€™s, or familyâ€™s, life,â€ Brownmiller said.
This past May, more than 200 volunteers did a complete renovation of Pat Tapperâ€™s split-level house in Aldergrove. The estimated cost of renovations ranged between $150,000 and $200,000 in value.
Each year brings new challenges, Brownmiller said.
But the payoff comes on the day when the homeowners return to see their renovated house for the first time in a couple of weeks.
And Brownmiller added that itâ€™s always worth the time, effort, and sacrifice.
â€œThere are frustrating moments, there are tense moments, but when you evaluate the impact that you are able to be a part of, the feeling is indescribable,â€ Brownmiller said. â€œAnd one of the things that I really get a kick out of, is being intimate with the whole project.â€
Brownmiller loves the pay it forward aspect.
â€œFor whatever reason, I have been blessed with a healthy bodyâ€¦ and the people around me are healthy, but there are so many people who donâ€™t have those simple, take-for-granted every day gifts,â€ Brownmiller said. â€œOur mandate is not to judge, but rather to make a practical difference in peopleâ€™s lives, and however they can respond afterwards, and normally itâ€™s very favourable, is how the rest of their story goes.â€
The difficult, and at times heart-wrenching part is, narrowing the list of nominations to one.
â€œEvery year we just want the right family in the mix of nominations,â€ Brownmiller said. â€œThis is part of the heartbreak in a lot of ways: there is one family that comes to the top. We certainly phone all the nominees and let them know that a family has been chosen and for the most part theyâ€™ve been thankful that they were part of the process.â€