HomeFront volunteers help spruce up Shelton house for homeowner

A Shelton homeowner is among those who will be helped on Saturday during the 27th annual HomeFront Day.

HomeFront is a community-based, volunteer-driven home repair program that provides free repairs to low-income homeowners, enabling them to remain in their homes with an improved quality of life.

The Shelton site receiving improvements is on Maple Lane, which is in the Huntington section. Volunteers from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Seymour will lead the improvement work at the Shelton home.

Shelton companies involved

Two companies from Shelton also are involved in the overall HomeFront effort. A team from PerkinElmer’s Precisely division in Shelton will participate, and Shelton-based Bic is an event sponsor.

The nonprofit HomeFront serves Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven counties in Connecticut, and Westchester County in New York. In addition to Shelton, residences in Connecticut to be upgraded this year are in Ansonia, Bethany, Northfield, Oakville, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown and Wolcott.

‘This Old House’ crew

On HomeFront Day, 2,500 volunteers will assist 75 low-income families, including 15 who were victimized by Superstorm Sandy. The volunteers come from faith communities, corporations, and civic and nonprofit groups.

Among those who will be participating are home improvement experts from “This Old House,” including plumbing and heating specialist Richard Trethewey. The “This Old House” crew will tackle repairs for a single grandmother who lives with her grandchildren and great grandson.

Funding from the American Red Cross and AmeriCares is backing 15 large revitalization projects for the homes of Sandy victims. Volunteers will repair roofs, address the affects of flooding, clear away trees and brush, and provide other forms of relief from wind and water damage.

Have upgraded 2,800 homes

Since its inception, the HomeFront organization has worked on 2,800 homes, delivering $47 million of services through the efforts of volunteers, product contributors, foundations and other donors.

Learn more at www.homefrontprogram.org.