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Fifteen homes to receive help from Rebuilding Together

Date: 4/11/2012

April 11, 2012

By G. Michael Dobbs

SPRINGFIELD — Tammy Golphin may be in a wheelchair, "but inside of me I'm dancing."

Tammy, her husband Prince and daughter Princess are among the homeowners who will benefit from the home repair campaign sponsored by the Springfield chapter of Rebuilding Together. The local group is participating in National Rebuilding Day on April 28.

The Springfield Rebuilding Together Day will be one of 200 such events across the country.

The Golphin family has lived at 248 King St. for the past seven years. Prince has lost his job, Tammy has undergone health emergencies making repairs to their home from the October 2011 snowstorm and from the June 1, 2011 tornado unaffordable.

The family is grateful for the assistance. "This is huge, this is huge," Tammy said.

Their home will be among the 15 homes that will be the subject of the rebuilding effort. Rebuilding Together Springfield received 171 applications for the campaign.

The non-profit group will use donated materials and volunteer labor to repair homes of elderly residents, military veterans, single-parent families and the disabled. Between 500 and 1,000 volunteers are expected to participate.

Colleen Loveless, executive director of the Springfield chapter, said that among the repairs would be the installation of ramps, windows and doors, roof repair, exterior painting and tree removal.

Loveless said the organization is ready with its volunteers, but would welcome additional monetary donations to help underwrite the event. Sponsors of the Golphin family home repairs include United Bank, Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services and Alekman DiTusa Attorneys at Law, and many other businesses and non-profit organizations are involved at the other homes.

For more information on donations, contact Loveless at 788-0014.

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