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Veteran Critical Home Repair – Ricardo’s story

Ricardo Gonzales is a veteran that lives in Green Valley, and Habitat Tucson was excited to partner with him to make his home a safe place for him to live for many years to come.

Richard lives alone with his dog and is partially blind, so his dog helps him get around. He is a friendly guy and a fantastic cook. He shared some wonderful ribs that he made and even made some of our construction team and volunteers a batch of homemade barbecue sauce!

“Our goals are to decrease his electrical bill and make his home a safer environment for him to carry out his daily activities,” said Home Repair Supervisor Richard Hoffman.[mk_image src=”” image_size=”full”]With the help of local contractors, Habitat staff and volunteers replaced all of his single pane windows with double pane low E windows, replaced a broken shower, replaced the carpeting (which was a trip hazard) with a more durable linoleum, and ensured that all transitions between the existing flooring and the new linoleum are as seamless a possible.

“We also serviced his HVAC system, and installed two 180 degree beveled ramps to reduce the trip hazard at the front door and at the carport entry,” Richard added.

Veteran Ricardo is deeply appreciative of all the changes made to his home to ensure he can safely age in place.  These repairs were made possible through a generous grant.

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