On Saturday, volunteers from the Boys Team Charity and St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church pitched in to complete much needed home repairs for very deserving Oak Park homeowners. This is Habitat for Humanity’s 100th home repair since its Preserve a Home program was launched in 2011. The Preserve a Home program works to revitalize neighborhoods, eliminate sub-standard housing, improve energy efficiency, and allow low-income homeowners to live safely and securely in their homes.
Louis and Gloria Medina have lived in their home in Oak Park for 30 years. The Medinas are approaching their 80s and over the last few years have found that with the rising cost of living, they can’t afford the critical home repairs and upgrades required by their homeowners association. Louis is a Vietnam veteran and went on to work as an Occupational Rehabilitation Therapist for 37 years at the VA Hospital, teaching veterans to work with any disabilities they were left with after war. He turns 80 this year and hasn’t been able to keep up with the repairs needed on his home. Repairs include fixing leaks, replacing windows and drought tolerant landscaping.
All home repairs are made possible through a Ventura County Community Development Block Grant, Home Depot and dozens of community volunteers who will donate their time and talents. We will be celebrating the Medina family and Habitat’s 100th home preservation in late February – the month that also happens to coincide with their 50th wedding anniversary.