More than 40 volunteers help rebuild Elizabeth home

Foster family gets home makeover

ELIZABETH, Colo. - A foster family from Elizabeth got a complete home makeover thanks to dozens of local volunteers.

David and Danielle Story are parents to three biological children, but they always knew they wanted more.  After listening to a radio program about foster dads, this family was inspired.

"I thought, 'I want to be that guy,'" remembers David.

Three weeks later,  the Story's started taking fostering classes.  A year later, they became officially licensed by the state.  A few days after that,  a newborn baby was placed in their home.  Eventually, that baby boy would become an official part of the Story family.

"He was not able to be reunited with his family, so they asked us if we were willing to adopt him, and it was a no-brainer.  We've had him since he was born."

Today, the Story's are a family of eight kids -- a family full of love, but short on space in their Elizabeth home, particularly during meal times.

"If you could see our kitchen table it only seats six, so we have not ate together as a family for three years," explains David.

"We eat in shifts. We feed the babies, then all the big kids, and then I usually eat standing up," adds Danielle.

A group of real estate agents from the Keller Williams Tech Center office heard about the Story family and wanted to do something to help out.

"We knew the house needed some renovating to accommodate (the family), so we came out to take a look and it snowballed from there.  Basically we've gutted the entire house," said Toni Carnesi, Managing Broker of the Keller Williams DTC office.

More than 40 volunteers installed a new roof, painted the outside and inside of the house, installed new flooring in every room, and re-did the entire kitchen -- outfitting it with $10,000 in new appliances.  Teams also worked on the outside, by adding new landscaping and a new garden.

"We're building a sustainable garden for them, so they have a garden and everything they need going forward," explains Carnesi.

One of the main renovations is the basement.  The teams completely finished it and turned it into a living space for the growing Story family.

"We've decided to reconfigure the basement so they have more space for kids to sleep and a great classroom because they're home-schooled," says Carnesi.

The renovation added up to between $30,000 and $35,000 -- most of it from donated materials, time, and expertise.

Because of the major overhaul of their house, the Story's had to move out for a few days.  They stayed in a Denver hotel and spent their time together as a family.  Generous donations allowed them to go to the movies, and spend time at the Denver Aquarium.  The Story's saying these outings are a big deal to the entire family.

After four days away from their home, the Story's returned to Elizabeth and a brand new home.  They loved the changes.

"We think it's going to be exciting eating all together at the same time at the same table," David Story said.

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