The Woodward-Cooter family of Floyd County recently received some much needed assistance with home repairs. Habitat for Humanity NRV and FISH (Floyd Initiative for Safe Housing), recently partnered with BAE Systems, Pearce Heating and Air, and the Marine Corps League of the NRV to provide the family with a new HVAC system, roof repair, and sub-floor replacement. This initiative started with a $10,000 donation from BAE Systems to Habitat for Humanity to be used for home repairs to benefit a veteran family in May, which is National Military Appreciation Month.
FISH and Habitat became aware of the Cooter family and their critical need. Mr. Cooter served as a Marine from 1998-2002. Jeff Wall, Habitat for Humanity Construction Site Supervisor reached out to offer assistance. The family was grateful as the cost of the needed repairs threatened to overwhelm their finances. Together with volunteers from the Marine Corps League of the NRV, Dan Maderic and Jeff Doran, the Habitat/FISH repair team went to work. The first job was to replace the HVAC system, with the help of Floyd based Pearce Heating and Air. The old system caused water damage, so volunteers came together to replace subflooring and then moved on to the roof.
“It’s absolutely amazing what they’re able to do with this program,” Woodward said. “It gives you an opportunity to catch your breath, and to keep moving forward. It’s a reprieve for a minute.”