A three-year effort to the repair and renovate the home of a longtime Davidson resident was realized last week.
Benny Covington was the recipient of a holiday renovation charity project, and the home was unveiled to the 67-year-old disabled man on Dec. 11.
The project was initiated by the Davidson Housing Coalition's HAMMERS emergency repair program.
For three years the coalition tried to improve Covington's living condition, but repair costs exceeded HAMMERS' $5,000 per-home limit. The town deferred condemning the home and Covington, who grew up in the house on Delburg Street, didn't want to sell it or move.
Employees and subcontractors of Saussy Burbank/JCB Urban spent the last three weeks gutting the home and giving it a complete makeover. Major renovations included the installation of new plumbing, heating and electrical systems, as well as new framing, a floor-system throughout the house and new windows.
"It's been a tremendous outpouring of support and generosity," said Jim Burbank, founder of the construction firm.
Burbank, who was looking for a holiday project, contacted the DHC for suggestions and Covington quickly provided a match.
More then 100 volunteers from more than 30 organizations contributed to the estimated $40,000 project.
"It was an inspiration to see so many people willing to jump in and go above and beyond what was asked of them," said Zach Jakob, HAMMERS supervisor.