'National Rebuilding Day' Assists Elderly D.C. Resident in Southeast

WI Web Staff | 4/26/2013, 9 p.m.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Peggy Allen, 79, has lived at her home on Fort Davis Place in Southeast for 50 years. When she and her late husband Joseph bought their two-story brick home in the quiet, leafy, Ward 7 neighborhood of Fort Davis Park, their house was in good shape.

But these days, Allen's small retirement income is not enough to support ongoing maintenance, and her house is falling apart.

Saturday, April 27 is National Rebuilding Day — marking the culmination of a month-long call to service to help struggling low-income homeowners and families remain in their homes — and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that day, team of volunteers from City First Bank of D.C. will join the nonprofit "Rebuilding Together" in repairing Allen's home.

Nearly half of the bank's 36 employees will pull up carpet, repair the ceiling, install a new stove, paint the interior, fill in holes in the wall, weather-strip windows and doors, install new locks and a smoke detector, and fix other damaged areas of the house that was built in 1948.

City First Bank of DC is a nationally chartered commercial bank with a mission to provide financial and other services in low to moderate income communities. With year-end 2012 assets of $226 million, loans of $143 million, and deposits of $183 million, the bank targets neighborhoods east of 16th Street including far SE and NE Washington and other economically challenged suburban communitie

The rebuilding takes place at 1519 Fort Davis Place SE, Washington, DC 20020. Please contact Donna Lewis Johnson at (202) 255-6188 for more information.