MEMPHIS, Tenn. — While veterans nationally struggle to get answers in the VA hospital scandal, two groups in Memphis are working to take care of vets here.
Habitat Memphis and Servicemaster joined forces to help restore a local veteran’s home and liven up his whole block.
Memphis veteran Oliver Rollins’ house wasn’t in the best shape. Thankfully, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Servicemaster stepped in.
“It needed painting. They put a roof on, and they did landscaping,” Rollins said.
Rollins was contacted by the groups, who offered to come out and restore his home.
Jennifer Hord with Memphis Habitat said, “We actually are doing revitalization work for the first time. It’s a new part of the Habitat mission.”
The work is part of a larger effort to help those who cannot afford to fix their own homes, especially veterans.
“The Uptown neighborhood is actually Habitat’s neighborhood of focus right now,” Hord said. “So, all of our activities are concentrated here, in Uptown.”
Rollins said the help is God sent.
“I’m wonderfully blessed,” he said, smiling. “I thank God for all of them coming out here and doing this work for me.”
Servicemaster actually had so many people volunteer to help, they had to expand the project. They ended up not just restoring Rollin’s home, but also three other houses on the block.
Velevet Graham of Servicemaster hopes the work will spur others to lend a hand, because she said neighbors helping neighbors is exactly what this city needs most.
“To be able to drive through every week and to see the efforts that we do and that we’ve completed today…It’s amazing,” she said.
This is the second time Habitat has helped Rollins. In 2012, they came and fixed structural problems with his house.