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CAP helps Louisa man refurbish home

Robert Burgess of Ky. 2565 in Louisa had his home refurbished by the Chrisitan Appalachian Project. BSN photos/Jerry Pennington (click for larger version)
LOUISA ó The Christian Appalachian Project is helping a 96-year-old Louisa man refurbish his self-built, 55-year-old house.

Last week, a volunteer group, the Word Warriors from Holy Name Catholic Parish in Topeka, Kan., was in Lawrence County helping CAP fix Robert Burgessí dilapidated structure, which is in desperate need of repair.

By the end of the week, the Word Warriors was expected to have all the work completed, including repairing all the floors in the house; repairing and painting the roof; and putting in new sheet rock, windows, doors, insulation, and indoor plumbing. The Word Warriors also pulled money from their own pockets to buy the siding that was needed.

Initially, the house contained four small rooms, two of which were unlivable, leaving just a small bedroom and kitchen for the elderly man to live in. CAPís housing, operation sharing, elderly services and outreach programs pulled the project together, providing the link to the volunteer group along with providing new doors and windows, insulation and other assistance.

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The project got started when a CAP volunteer noticed a man sitting on the porch of a house that she thought was abandoned. The house was declared an emergency home improvement project, and after linking with Word Warriors, repairs were planned and started at the beginning of the week.

Burgess, who is one of Lawrence Countyís oldest residents, will soon have a safe home to live in with a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

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