Kathi Wright is a longtime Lakewood resident who has a deep care for her community and neighbors. Wright, a 71-year old woman, is the primary caregiver for her daughter Robyn, a 47-year-old woman who …
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Kathi Wright is a longtime Lakewood resident who has a deep care for her community and neighbors. Wright, a 71-year old woman, is the primary caregiver for her daughter Robyn, a 47-year-old woman who has Down syndrome.
Wright never wanted her daughter to have to go to a group home, so instead, she opted to be her caregiver — a task that Wright says is challenging.
“I have to make a choice to take care of her needs, or other things. She comes first,” Wright said. “She always has, and that's with everything.”
With her hands full taking care of her daughter, Wright doesn't have time to complete certain tasks at her household, like painting the exterior of it. Thanks to Brothers Redevelopment Inc., a Denver nonprofit that provides housing solutions for low-income, elderly and disabled residents, Wright was able to get her house painted for free.
Brothers didn't just stop at her house. Along with volunteers from Lakewood city employees, West Metro Fire Department, TCF Bank and others, the nonprofit went to seven other houses in the Lakewood area by painting homes and providing yard care services all over the Lakewood area. Brothers estimates that the work it and the volunteers did saved homeowners around $5,000.
“I'm a Lakewood resident, and to get to participate with government (employees) in my own community was really exciting. We were able to have a really successful program,” said Brothers' volunteer coordinator Jason Stutzman.
Stutzman said Brothers applied for the Lakewood community grant, a charitable giving program, and the Community Development Block Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a program that provides services to vulnerable community members, to fund the house painting projects.
Todd Heinl, a captain and paramedic for the West Metro Fire Department was one of the people who volunteered to paint Wright's house. He said all of the volunteers had a “fantastic experience” helping out vulnerable residents.
“I think helping people out like Ms. Wright is protecting their quality of life. It's making their home a better place to live to ensure that she, or anybody else who's house was painted, doesn't have to go out and do this work,” Heinl said.
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