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“I’m still in awe…”

Sunday family dinners at the Mitchell-Ross household had stopped years ago when the aging kitchen fell into disrepair. The stove and oven no longer worked. The cabinets were missing. The kitchen faucet leaked. The plaster walls were peeling. Next to the kitchen was a bathroom in name only, as the room lacked a toilet or a sink.

kitchen before and after

Using a hot plate and microwave oven, the homeowner, who struggles with muscular dystrophy, pieced together meals as best she could for her daughter and two young grandchildren who live with her.

“I love it!” beams Mrs. Mitchell-Ross when asked about the new kitchen. “We are so grateful for everything.” “I am still in awe every time I walk through that door,” says her son, who lives in the area and witnessed the transformation of the family home over the last few months.

“When I was told that Yachad would revitalize the kitchen and bathroom, it was such a good thing to hear because my mom really deserves it. My mom was struck with muscular dystrophy and things got hard for her, but it doesn’t stop her from doing what she needs to do and providing for her grandchildren and children. It’s a good feeling to know that she’ll be able to cook and be happy in her home again.”

kitchen renovation

Adat Shalom lends a hand

The family, who have lived in this house for over 20 years, look forward to reviving their Sunday dinners once again. The son can’t wait to share this tradition he enjoyed growing up with his own son.

We were able to completely renovate the kitchen and bathroom, plus address other much-needed repairs, because of community partnerships. Working together we can truly lift up our neighbors. We deeply thank all who joined us to turn this home around.

Special thank you to Alan Kanner, Added Dimensions, Broadhurst Architects, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Avery Plus LLC, Creative in Counters, Classic Floor Designs, JKJ Electric, Inc., McAuliffe Tile, and W. L. Vorhies Plumbing & Heating.

photo credit: Ray Alvareztorres

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