Habitat for Humanity rocks the block in Pontiac

Habitat for Humanity was rocking the block in Pontiac to help homeowners complete minor repairs and spruce up their homes.

The home repairs are all simple but are needed for neighbors in Pontiac. Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County volunteers revitalized neighborhoods at South Kiwanis Park -- as part of their annual rock the block initiative.

"We take a more holistic view of lifting up neighborhoods and improving the quality of life in existing neighborhoods," CEO Tim Ruggles said.

The organization is hosting several Rock the Block events every year and the number of companies and volunteers grows with each project.

"This will be the first year of hopefully many that we participate in this organization, so we're looking forward to it," Stephen Fragnoli, Pres. & CEO of Commercial Contracting Group, said.

The volunteers were pumped up and then got to work helping homeowners with weatherization projects, cleanup, porch staining, house painting, even gutter cleaning, yard cleanup and landscaping.

"Once we work on one house the neighbors will come out and start tidying up their outside so it has a ripple effect. thats cool," volunteer Jim McCutcheon said.

Homeowners like Earnest Eckles is grateful for help to preserve his family's 50-year-old home.

"Gratitude. I feel like I'm getting a good deal and it's helping me," Eckles said.

The volunteers can't help but smile after seeing waht they've accomplished. 

"A lot of us do work personally for different organizations. It's really nice to get everybody together for something like this," Fragnoli said.

Volunteers are working on more than just the homes in Pontiac. They'll be moving on to rock a few blocks in Southfield next.
 

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