MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – One business and one organization in the Poconos have teamed up to help a homeowner in need.
Every dig brings Jeanie Kraeber and her family one step closer to having a brand new deck on their home in Middle Smithfield Township. “Oh, it’s so exciting,” she smiles.
Her old one wasn’t stable or safe. “The deck fell apart a couple years ago and the stairs fell off this past year,” Kraeber explains.
Volunteers from Monroe County Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s in Bartonsville tore down the old structure and are building a better one.
“Her deck is on the outside of a door, so it’s a major exit to her house,” says Kelly Kemmerer, Executive Director, Monroe County Habitat for Humanity.
They’re digging ten holes that are each 42 inches deep. But, they’re hitting a lot of shale and rock along the way. “It’s nice to give back our time and help people who need it,” says Lindsey Sickle, Lowe’s employee.
Jeanie won’t have to pay for labor, but she will pay for the materials overtime. She’s also required to volunteer during another home preservation project.
She adds, “I mean, these guys were out here yesterday in the pouring rain. We were all out here in the pouring rain. I just can’t imagine they came to do that. So yes, I will volunteer my time to help somebody else.”
In the meantime she’s looking forward to having a more stable deck, and future.
Volunteers started the project yesterday and plan to finish tomorrow.