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Volunteers step in to help Parker family with much-needed home repairs

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Posted at 4:30 AM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 06:30:09-04

PARKER, Colo. -- The Denver Metro Association of Realtors chose a Parker family to have their home rehabilitated.

Sue and Steven Tull have lived in their tri-level home, which sits at the end of a cul-de-sac overlooking acres of open space, since the 90s.

Their home was in desperate need of repairs, and Steve said keeping it updated was difficult over the years, and life challenges didn't make it easier.

"It was just overwhelming. I wouldn't be able to afford it. Even if I can buy the materials, I'm not able to do that kind of work anymore," Steve said.

Sue, who lives with multiple sclerosis, spends her days in a wheel chair. It was challenging for her to use the shower -- the bathroom wasn't handicap accessible. And the old carpet made it hard for her to move around the home.

That’s when The Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR) stepped in. Volunteers converged on the Parker home in July and got to work on a laundry-list of improvements, including the installation of new carpet and grab bars for the bathroom and stairway.

The real-estate group says it has helped multiple families, like the Tulls, better their quality of life through its community outreach program, Helping Hands.

"Once a year we do this. We pick a family in Douglas, Elbert counties and we give back to the community," said DMAR member, Wendy Gable.

DMAR chooses families struggling financially or dealing with medical issues. And the improvements cost nothing for the families.

Denver7 checked to see what other programs are out there for people.

The City of Aurora has options for its residents.

"I have an emergency program that handles issues, like if your furnace goes out in the middle of the winter, and you need heat -- and need it quick. I also have a handicap accessibility program." Said Aurora Rehabilitation Programs Manager, Wade Sheppard.

These programs through the City of Aurora are funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. People in Aurora will need to apply.

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