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Those in need get much needed home renovations before winter

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Two women will stay a little warmer and a little safer this winter, thanks to the Bozeman sunrise rotary club. The fix up festival, organized by the club, provides repairs to 12 homes in need each fall.

“I heard it through one of the other neighbors that had it done and I thought it was a good idea and I need the work,” said homeowner Betty Johns.

Each home is adopted by a different donor, which provides the volunteers and a $500 donation to go towards building materials. This home is getting a new deck, as well as the homeowner's favorite part, new metal siding on her shed.

"My shed, that got thrown in too, because I have a very nice shed, and it was starting to go all along the bottom from the snow and stuff and so it was parting and it was just starting to rot away,” said homeowner Patricia DeWitt.

Once the houses are selected, the homeowners make a list of the top issues that need to be addressed, then the festival chooses which problems to address, based on necessity.

"Typically if there's windows to replace, that's always priority one. And then, safety issues, like steps and decks that need to be replaced,” said project manager Kevin Click.

"I needed some windows, the back window was falling out. So, that was a big deal and that's the way the wind comes, west side you know with hail,” DeWitt said.

"They're putting a new deck on my back porch, they're putting a hand rail on for this old lady, and they're going to put windows in,” Johns said.

"After they came and chose my place to do, about a month later, the roof blew off. And so he added that in after the fact,” DeWitt said.

But it isn't just the homeowners that benefit from the day of hard work.

"Gratitude, is the term. Here's the owner right here and she's a marvelous women and I get to step into her life for a few days this year and hopefully make a new friend,” Click said.

"This is my cozy cave, I love my home, it's wonderful,” DeWitt said.

The festival takes place in the fall with the intention to help homeowners be a little more prepared for the coming winter.

To apply, or for more information, click here

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