- Lowe’s support during National Rebuilding Day helped reunite a family in Bergenfield, N.J. George and Joy Vrakas have three children; one of them is autistic and had been receiving 24-hour care at a residential facility. Without sufficient living arrangements at home, it had been two years since he lived with his family. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s $15,000 grant supported the construction of two bedrooms in the basement, freeing up one of the two main-floor bedrooms for the 12-year-old’s homecoming. “It's a blessing,” Joy Vrakas said. “I can't believe how much love there is involved in this.”
- In Lowell, Mass., single mother Dulcelina needed a safe backyard to help her 4-year-old son with autism channel his energy. In addition to a rubble-filled yard with an abandoned swimming pool, the furnace was broken and the home had floodwater damage. Dulcelina works full-time to support her three children but couldn’t afford the necessary repairs. Thanks to a $7,000 grant from Lowe’s Foundation, the hard-working homeowner and her family are enjoying a safer and warmer home.
Lowe's Heroes across the country showed what a difference they could make last fall. Hundreds of volunteers joined with Rebuilding Together to complete 35 projects focused on home modifications and energy efficiency. Each project received a $10,000 grant from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, and the work was completed on or around Oct. 24, Make a Difference Day, a national day of helping others.
- Heroes from Lowe's of Chantilly, Va., came out on a rainy day to brighten things up for Catherine Schuler, a 78-year-old widow faced with rising utility bills because of broken and inefficient windows in her Arlington, Va., home. The volunteers, who included a group of Lowe's installers, put in new energy-efficient windows throughout the house, replaced exterior doors and replaced incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. They also addressed other deferred maintenance, replacing flooring in Schuler's dining room and repairing and painting walls that had been damaged by leaky windows.
- In San Jose, Calif., Inez Gibino, 94, said the improvements to her home were "a godsend." Her mobility has been restricted since she fractured a hip. Lowe's department managers Dennis Palacio and Joaquin Calderon were part of a team that worked around roots in her backyard to put in a new fence and also installed a wheelchair lift on the back porch. The new feature will enable Gibino to attend her granddaughter's volleyball, basketball and softball games.
Updated Aug. 16, 2010