The weather has been feeling a lot like summer lately, but Sukkot in Spring continues! This past weekend, volunteers from Temple Micah, Temple Sinai, Fabrangen, and Tifereth Israel transformed the Mahmoud home and St. Paul’s community center.
Ms. Hadia Mahmoud lives in the Benning Heights neighborhood of Southeast DC. Her four children are between the ages of 11 and 18, and she is working hard as a special education assistant at a local school to support them. One of her neighbors is a handyman, and with his help she has been able to make some repairs in the home over the years. Always with a smile on her face and a positive attitude in the face of adversity, her hard work to keep up the home nevertheless was unable to address major repair needs. A leaking roof caused a hole in the kitchen ceiling and a leak in the master bedroom’s closet, and there were several other spots where drywall patching was needed. Electrical and plumbing throughout the home was also in disrepair. The family was living without a working oven or stove, and Ms. Mahmoud was feeding her large family by cooking on a hot plate.
After doing an initial inspection in the home, Yachad was quickly able to locate a new oven and stove for the family, thanks to Yachad’s longtime supporter and construction manager, Richard Feldman, thereby allowing the family to more easily cook nutritious meals. Soon, skilled roof work was also completed in the home. This past Sunday, volunteers from Temple Micah and Temple Sinai took the lead on continuing a significant amount of work in the home. They repaired and replaced electrical circuits and fixtures, replaced insulation, repaired drywall, and installed a new vanity in the downstairs bathroom. Many of the volunteers were seasoned pros, as this is the 20th year of Temple Micah’s participation in Sukkot in Spring.
Also on Sunday, Fabrangen and Tifereth Israel volunteers were busy painting rooms in St. Paul AME Church’s community center. After extensive, professional drywall repairs had been completed by Millennium Painting in the community center, it was time to cover up the repairs and freshen up the rooms in the process. The volunteers from Fabrangen and Tifereth Israel did a tremendous job brightening up the space.
Thank you, thank you to Temple Micah, Temple Sinai, Fabrangen, and Tifereth Israel for their hard work this past weekend and for their commitment to preserving affordable homes in DC.