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800 volunteers help revitalize Aurora homes

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  • Rebuilding Together Aurora volunteers Carl Shaffer and Keith Johnson from Community Christian Church in Naperville install a new window Friday on a home in Aurora's Pattersonville neighborhood, replacing an old window pierced by a bullet. More than 800 volunteers are repairing about 20 homes Friday and Saturday during Rebuilding Together Aurora's 20th annual April home repair event.

       Rebuilding Together Aurora volunteers Carl Shaffer and Keith Johnson from Community Christian Church in Naperville install a new window Friday on a home in Aurora's Pattersonville neighborhood, replacing an old window pierced by a bullet. More than 800 volunteers are repairing about 20 homes Friday and Saturday during Rebuilding Together Aurora's 20th annual April home repair event.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Employees from Chad Ford's Snow Removal and Concrete in Aurora donated their time and trucks Friday to deliver mulch and landscaping materials to locations in the near east side Pattersonville neighborhood where Rebuilding Together Aurora volunteers were rehabbing homes during the 20th annual April rebuilding event.

       Employees from Chad Ford's Snow Removal and Concrete in Aurora donated their time and trucks Friday to deliver mulch and landscaping materials to locations in the near east side Pattersonville neighborhood where Rebuilding Together Aurora volunteers were rehabbing homes during the 20th annual April rebuilding event.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Warren Seidel from Naperville's Community Christian Church measures for a new gutter Friday at a home in Aurora's Pattersonville neighborhood as a volunteer group from his church participates in Rebuilding Together Aurora's 20th annual April home repair event.

       Warren Seidel from Naperville's Community Christian Church measures for a new gutter Friday at a home in Aurora's Pattersonville neighborhood as a volunteer group from his church participates in Rebuilding Together Aurora's 20th annual April home repair event.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

 
 

Roughly 20 houses in the Pattersonville neighborhood on Aurora's near east side will be safer and more accessible come Sunday after more than 800 volunteers make repairs as part of the Rebuilding Together Aurora program.

During the first day of the 20th annual April rebuilding event on Friday, 36 groups of volunteers from Aurora-area churches, corporations, service groups and trade organizations converged near Grand Boulevard and Calhoun Street to repair homes for low-income or elderly occupants. Safety, energy efficiency, accessibility and beautification work continues Saturday.

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Volunteers for the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Aurora program often spread their efforts throughout the city, but organizers decided to zoom in on one area of need this year, Executive Director Amy Altenbern said.

"The number of homes and sites we're working on is less, but the impact we're going to have is greater because we will be in a more concentrated area," Altenbern said.

Organizers this year added a resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grand Boulevard and Calhoun Street to introduce Pattersonville residents to groups such as Family Focus, Community Career Center, Family Counseling Service of Aurora, Administer Justice and Wheatland Salem Church, which provide social services in the area.

Grand Boulevard will be closed between Farnsworth and Sumner Avenues, and Kendall Street will be closed between New York Street and Grand Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday as volunteers stage materials to make needed repairs.

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