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Non-profit helping Richmond Hill veteran fix his home

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 10:06 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 10:48 PM EDT
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RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WTOC) - A Richmond Hill veteran with severe medical conditions has been staying in a home that’s almost unlivable. But thanks to a veteran non-profit, it’s transforming into a more suitable place to live.

The home needs a lot of work. There’s rotted framing, black mold and even holes that you can see through to the outside of the house. Team Savannah for Veterans is working on this and they said this is the most extensive repair they’ve ever done.

Army veteran David Martin owns the home. He said it has gotten to this point because his medical conditions prevent him from doing the work himself.

“I mean I can still bathe myself and go to the bathroom, but being on oxygen, you can’t be around a stove so I can’t do any of that,” Martin said.

His caretakers constantly check his oxygen levels.

“Yeah I’m running out of breath, I can’t do nothing.”

Because Martin is diagnosed with Crohn’s and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, his condition makes having a healthy environment that much more important. Before Team Savannah for Veterans stepped in, Martin’s son Curtis stepped in when his dad reached out for help.

“I don’t know if you were able to see it, but if you did see it it was literally unlivable. It looked dangerous to live in,” said David’s son Curtis Martin.

He’s been in town since March.

“He came here and he asked, he said, ‘son,’ he said, ‘you know me, son you know me. You know I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t need it, but I need your help man, can you help me,’” said Curtis.

Team Savannah for Veterans answered a call for help too, but this time from David’s neighbor.

“Right at the right time,” said the homeowner.

They started a phased project on the house after his neighbor next door reported damage to the porch.

“It’s definitely an extensive project. There’s a lot of work to be done,” said Chris O’Malley.

The non-profit expects all the materials to cost about $6,000 based on what they see right now.

“At my first glance, I would’ve said there’s no way to fix this thing,” said Curtis.

They are working from the back of the house to the front and a contractor is doing all the labor for free.

“Felt great that someone was going to take up the slack because I mean, I couldn’t do it.”

Team Savannah for Veterans said they still have plenty of work to do, but this is a start.

The non-profit expects the project to take about six to eight more weekends. They’ll be out this Saturday again at 9 a.m. with volunteers from the community. If you’re interested in helping, you can email info@ts4v.com.

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