Sisters Fannie and Mary Nichols have lived five decades in their Clover home. On Friday, volunteers gave the home a little TLC.
They scraped old paint and pulled worn nails off a handrail. Others cut through brick to remove window pieces.
About 20 volunteers with New River Community Church in Lake Wylie signed up to help Friday or Saturday as part of Habitat for Humanity of York County’s home revitalization program. Kevin Layne with New River said the idea started with a church staffer and a Habitat leader.
“I said, hey, why not?” Layne said. “Let’s set it up.”
New River is part of Clover Cares, an organization bringing faith and civic assistance efforts together. The Habitat program makes vital home repairs in York County, with projects undertaken in the Clover and Fort Mill areas.
The church didn’t set a goal for volunteer numbers. No one was assigned shifts.
“Whoever God sends out here, that’s who will do the work,” Layne said.
In all, there are five Clover area projects expected to launch by the end of the year. Four are home revitalizations, one a new construction. Participating churches include Allison Creek, Bowling Green, Oakdale and Clover Presbyterian churches, along with First Baptist and First United Methodist in Clover.
More than a dozen businesses are partnering, too, everything from concrete and masonry companies to insulators and pest control.
“The goal of our work is to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter with our partner families,” said Tim Veeck, executive director at the county Habitat branch. “We are fortunate to have the support of various community partners as we undertake our work.”
Habitat, once known strictly for building homes, is making a push in recent years toward improving safety and efficiency in existing homes. Jordan Lyndaker, site supervisor with Habitat for the New River work, said between $3,000 and $4,000 worth of work was planned. Homeowners pay a small fee to participate.
At the Nichols home on Tom Joye Road, windows and storm doors were replaced along with a small deck and stairway repaired and painted.
“What we’re able to do is kind of help preserve the age of the home and help it age well,” Lyndaker said.
The Nichols sisters say they’ve seen plenty in their time in Clover. The New Centre Park opened nearby. New subdivisions have come in near their home. But a host of volunteers showing up to repair their home is a new one.
“We’ve been here 46 years,” said Mary Nichols, who was most excited about he window replacements. “They say it’ll save energy in the winter when it gets cold and the summer when it gets hot.”
Habitat always is always looking for volunteer groups and business partners to expand its project list. For more information, visit yorkcountyhabitat.org.
John Marks: 803-831-8166