WHEATON – A local business provided repairs at no cost to low-income houses during the National Day of Service on Sept. 10.
Wheaton-based Mr. Handyman sent four people to the Winfield and Lombard communities to perform repairs.
The National Day of Service and Remembrance is a chance for organizations to give back to the community. Mr. Handyman has been taking part in the event – scheduled to take place on or near the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 – for the past six years.
Wayne Owczarzak, owner of the Wheaton franchise, which has participated in the day for five years, said several franchises help local police or fire departments. But Owczarzak's location works with the Community Housing Advocacy and Development group.
The business performed repairs for an elderly couple in Winfield and at a six-unit apartment building in Lombard.
At the Winfield house, Owczarzak said crews repaired drywall and painted a bedroom. In Lombard, they fixed drywall in a stairwell and replaced lights and a metal post on an outdoor awning in front of a doorway.
"We did the same thing for them last year, too. We kind of have an ongoing relationship with them," Owczarzak said.
Crews with Mr. Handyman were supposed to paint the exterior of a house, but bad weather forced them to take on indoor projects.
John Ware, director of facilities with the advocacy group, said they had to scramble to find last-minute things for the volunteers to do, but both projects were high priorities.
"Both were definitely needed," he said.
Ware said the volunteers from Mr. Handyman were professional, knowledgable and courteous.
The group has a set budget, Ware said, and it would have been difficult to perform the repairs without volunteers.
"For Mr. Handyman to undertake these kinds of projects for us is greatly appreciated," he said. "They've been a big part of helping us."
Owczarzak said he's sure Mr. Handyman will take part in the program again next year.