Habitat replaces Veteran's roof and gutters

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley was able to replace the roof and install new gutters for a 91-year-old veteran thanks to funding from Habitat Michigan and Consumers Energy.

Glen Reynolds first moved into his Gault Village home with his wife Knoxene in 2003. They had both retired at that point, but had been living in the house that he grew up in for many years and as Glen says, “she never liked it much.” When good friends of theirs wanted to sell what is now Glen’s current home, the couple eagerly purchased it.

As a couple living on a fixed income, extra home repair funds were not easy to come by. And when Knoxene passed away in July of 2016, Glen’s income reduced significantly. He took advantage of weatherization and furnace programs through Habitat and DTE, but knew he was also in need of a roof replacement and didn’t know where to turn for the pricey repair.

When our Home Improvement Program Manager, Heidi, heard about the Habitat Michigan-Consumers Priority Home Repair funding opportunity, she thought of Glen immediately. In addition to replacing his aged and damaged roof, Habitat was also able to pay for the replacement of Glen’s gutters and gutter guards– thanks to a generous discount from a local roofing contractor, Go To Roofing. 

In addition to completing the roof and gutter repairs by the end of the year, Habitat was also able to connect Glen to additional veteran resources with a referral to a Buddy to Buddy Volunteer Program and is now on his way to receiving additional benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs that he did not know he was eligible for.  Thanks to Priority Home Repair funds and strong local partnerships, this nonagenarian will be able stay in his home for the foreseeable future.