Saginaw, MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (06/11/2018) - A new heart for a sick husband and a home restored has given a Saginaw Senior a lot to be thankful for this spring.
Her new roof came compliments of a new program that's changing the lives of seniors on the city's east side one house at a time.
ABC 12 News attended the Saginaw Community Foundation's Annual Celebration on Monday night where the Saginaw County Community Action Committee's "Minor Home Repairs Project" was awarded a $25,000 grant.
The program, coordinated with the Unity in Community Neighborhood Associations, helps low-income senior citizens with home repair projects.
"It's another miracle in my life," said Saginaw resident Veronica King, "with him and this roof getting fixed because I didn't have the money."
King's husband Victor survived a heart transplant in 2011.
The couple, who now live on a fixed income, turned to a new neighborhood association program for help when they discovered the home Veronica has lived in since she was three needed a new roof.
"We cannot afford to buy another house, this house means so much to me because it was my mothers," she said.
The Kings qualified for the program after proving they had insurance and were paid up on their taxes.
While fixing the couple's roof, a crew discovered the Kings had a problem with the electrical wiring in the home.
"We were able to get in and get the electrical work taken care of," said Lillie Grays,"this was one of our greater successes."
The $25,000 grant money will help fund Phase II of home repairs in July.
Last year's recipient of the grant, Pastor Jim Shafley with Kingdom Builder's Ministry, used the award to plant apple and peach orchards on abandoned parcels of land, teaching recently incarcerated men how to become beekeepers.
"We deal with abandoned men," he said."We embrace them, we love them."
Both grant recipients Instilling hope and a sense of community on the city's east side.