Family Moves Back into Home After Community Helps Renovate It

Robert, Maggie, and Patricia RankinCompleted ExteriorCompleted DeckCompleted KitchenCompleted Laundry RoomCompleted KitchenCompleted KitchenMaggie's RoomSaffell Street Teachers Removing CarpetVolunteers and Dynamic Restoration Crew Demolishing InteriorBryan Proctor, Teacher Jared Scott, Teacher Joel Maude, Principal Todd Woolridge During Initial Demolition

Over a year in the making, a large community effort paid off last week as a struggling family moved back into their newly renovated home, with much of the work and supplies donated to the cause.

Back in January of 2016, Robert and Patricia Rankin, who has volunteered countless hours at Saffell Street Elementary School where their daughter Maggie attends, reached out to the school asking if they knew anyone that could help repair their home.  Principal Todd Woolridge, teacher Joel Maude, and many more staff members descended on the home to help kick start the repairs as a way to give back.

After the initial outpouring, LIGHT Center of Lawrenceburg director, Bryan Proctor organized the effort to begin the construction.  Through massive amounts of community outreach, he was able to bring together contractors from around the area to help renovate the house.  “People donated their time, their talents, from HVAC to plumbing work to laying floors.  Whatever people can do,” he said.

Bryan explained that major parts were donated and paid for through donations as well as a loan that the Rankins were able to receive.  He estimated that the cost of the repairs to be around $60,000 with half of it donated through volunteer time and donated supplies, and the other half paid by the Rankins through the loan.

The project, which took 14 months to complete, started with gutting the house down to the wood studs, with a lot of that effort coming from the Saffell Street teachers and volunteers from First Baptist Church.  Bryan said that just about everything was replaced, with major donations provided for the roof from Dynamic Restoration, electrical work from Mark’s Electric, and the heating system.

Pulling together the donations and volunteers, which even included high school students from the Kentucky Changers to build the outside deck as well as homeschoolers staining it, was challenging.  “When you’re looking at trying to find someone willing to give you an $8000 heating and air unit, it isn’t easy,” Bryan said.  But even through discouraging times, the Rankins were hopeful.

Now settled back in their home after staying at a temporary apartment which was furnished by donations from First Baptist Church, the family is overjoyed. Maggie, Robert’s and Patricia’s daughter, is especially thankful, with a completely redone upstairs bedroom just for her. “I’m really thankful for the people who worked on our house,” she said.

Below is a list of all the businesses and organizations that helped renovate the Rankin house:

·      LIGHT Center
·      Dynamic Restoration
·      Century Bank
·      Farmers Bank (Now United Bank)
·      Downtown Lawrenceburg KY
·      LEX18 News
·      Scott Brown Plumbing
·      Sand Spring Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg
·      First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg
·      Marks Electric of Lawrenceburg
·      Repair Affair of Lexington, Kentucky (Realtor-Community Housing Foundation)
·      Lowe’s of Frankfort
·      2J Supply
·      Airease Equipment
·      Hanson Aggregates of Lawrenceburg
·      All Around Landscaping
·      Community Members & Donors

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  1. This is so awesome and God will bless those for their deeds for this family. Thanking God Pat for your blessing!

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