LEWISTON – There has been a lot activity at 591 S. Main in Lewiston the past 10 days. Ladders, hammers and paintbrushes and lots of hands have been busy sprucing up a home.
Members of the Cache Valley Association of Realtors gathered the past few days in the small town near the Idaho border to make needed repairs on a home. The project was part their community outreach program.
Charlene Taylor owns the home. She is a widow and cares for a grandchild, so the board of realtors reached out to her.
“It took me a minute to warm up to the idea,” Taylor said. “I’m amazed at all the they have accomplished; I couldn’t have done all they have done.”
She thought the home was built in the 1920’s and has been in the family since it was moved to its current location. The house was originally built by the old sugar factory a mile or two away.
The realtors removed brush around the house, replaced windows, shingles and some of the trim.
“We were expected to just to do the yard clean up, but found the windows need to be replaced and a few other small things,” said Blake Ostler, the point of organization on the project. “Deep Canyon Handyman Construction replaced the windows. Burton Lumber donated the lumber and trim. Cache Valley ReStore donated paint.”
Homer Roofing helped shingle the roof.
“We asked for all of the realtors to nominate someone we could help this year,” Ostler said. “The Taylor’s project rose to the top of the list.”
For 10 days a group of 34 people have been working two shifts a day with about 10 to 15 people per shift.
“Realtors are good people, and we are trying to promote home ownership,” Ostler said. “The thing is, realtors are invested in their community. We try to bring people together.”
Emily Merkley, the Association Executive, said there are more than just local realtors that are members of the Cache Valley Association of Realtors. They have members from Cache, Rich and Franklin counties in Idaho helping on the Lewiston project.
As the Association Executive, she manages and governs the association. Blake has been spearheading the projects for the six years the organization has had a Community Outreach Committee. The committee tries to do one project a year.
“In the beginning, we partnered with Habitat for Humanity and helped with their projects; another year we raised money for the food pantry,” Merkley said. “The the last couple of years we’ve got back to doing housing-related projects.”
She said these projects unify the group, and is so rewarding for the agents.
“This is a good project for a deserving person,” she said. “It comes full circle, we look for homeowners to help every a year.”
The Taylor home is what the Consumer Outreach Committee has worked on this year. The first project they did was building a wheelchair ramp onto a house for a veteran who was a double amputee.