DAVIDSON Workers with nail guns, pry bars, hammers, drywall saws and power tools descended on Matty Mundy's single-story brick home Tuesday morning to give it an unexpected $10,000 facelift for free.
The eight workers drove from Rock Hill, Marshville and Charlotte to rip out and replace rotted flooring in the bathroom, install a new shower, vanity and sink and build a 25-foot-long, 6-foot-wide deck outside her front door, along with a 30-foot-long wheelchair ramp.
Mundy, 84, has Alzheimer's disease. She suffered a stroke in March, and arthritis in her legs has made it difficult to climb into her bathtub.
When the nonprofit Davidson Housing Coalition found out about her plight, the agency contacted xCharlotte-based homebuilder Saussy Burbank for help. Owner Jim Burbank has selected a holiday house each of the past four years that needs repair but whose owner can't afford the bill. Burbank sends employees and subcontractors to upgrade the home at no charge to the owner.
In 2009, the company renovated the home of disabled Davidson resident Benny Covington a $40,000 project that involved at least 100 volunteers from more than 30 organizations.
Phyllis Mundy, one of Matty Mundy's daughters, had contacted the coalition's HAMMERS program to see if it could install grab bars at her mom's tub and toilet and replace the wall panels surrounding the tub. The program provides critical emergency repairs to homeowners in need.
But Saussy Burbank decided to take the effort much further by adding the front porch and wheelchair ramp and completely renovating the bathroom. Work is expected to finish on Wednesday.
Times are tough, said Robert Hoffman, Saussy Burbank's warranty service manager, who led the work at Mundy's home. It's a nice thing to do, to give back to the community.
The easier-to-enter shower is vital to her mom, said Mundy's other daughter, Roberta Mundy. While her mom still walks with a cane, the wheelchair ramp will be vital someday too. The deck will allow the family to sit outside in the summer under the shade of two majestic pin oaks.
Roberta Mundy, 57, lives with her mom in the home, as does Roberta Mundy's daughter, Tia, 21. Roberta Mundy is a cashier at the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Huntersville. She's had two hip replacements over the past year and was physically unable to help with the repairs.
At 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, she watched, astonished, as the first work truck pulled up, then a second and a third.
I'm so proud of them, she said later as workers paraded in and out of the home. I'm just glad it's going to get done.