Colonial Life volunteers help repair home damaged by flood


Colonial Life volunteers help repair home damaged by flood

Thanks to about 140 Colonial Life volunteers, a South Carolina resident’s house is a home once again.

Cathern Davis’ home was already on a Home Works of America waiting list before historic rains and floods hit the South Carolina Midlands in October. And with those rains, the home flooded from below (worsening rotting flooring) and ceilings suffered more damage from the leaking roof.

“After the flooding, Ms. Davis was referred to Home Works through a partner agency, St. Bernard Project,” said Marie McGehee, community relations manager at Colonial Life. “Home Works assessed the damage and recommended her home to Colonial Life as a potential fit for the company’s service project.”

Nate Clark, a Colonial Life vice president and a licensed contractor, performed his own site inspection to see if the work could be done by Colonial Life volunteers. Volunteers helped in all aspects, including installing insulation, lowering and jacking the floors, installing floor joists, removing all crown molding and repainting all interior trim, walls and ceilings.

After about six days working at the site, about 90 percent of the renovations have been completed. The remaining work will be completed by trade professionals.

A housewarming committee has also been formed to purchase needed household items including blinds, curtains and sheets.

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