Disabled veteran’s home gets extreme makeover

Posted on: 8:17 pm, May 5, 2012, by

DENVER — The hammers and the paint brushes were swinging in Denver Saturday in support of a veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Thanks to Safeway and the group Rebuilding Together, 36-year-old Nathan Simon’s home got an extensive makeover.

“I feel family and community,” Nathan says. “I’m just completely overwhelmed.”

Volunteers are putting in an entirely new kitchen, painting the home, replacing the carpet, and xeriscaping the yard.

“I think it’s amazing I won’t have to do any of this lawn work anymore,” Nathan says about the work.

Nathan, who served in Bosnia, lives in his mother’s home in Denver.

They are grateful to Safeway and the group Rebuilding Together.

“It lets you know there’s goodness and kindness still in the world,” says Cleta Ayers, Nathan’s mom.

Some of this is back-breaking work, but volunteers say it’s worth it.

“We’re just really excited to come in here and-you’ve seen the work-make a difference,” a volunteer told FOX31 Denver.

Safeway donated $25,000 for the home makeover.

“It will help out a lot,” Nathan says, and the family says it is nice to be recognized.

“I’m very proud of my son,” says Cleta. “All three of my sons have served, and I’d like to thank all the veterans who are out there for their service and their sacrifice.”

Their home has been in the family for six generations. They say this work will make a big difference for future generations.

This is the third year Safeway has partnered with Rebuilding Together.

The projects help low-income homeowners with disabilities and disabled veterans.