Rebuilding Together Alexandria: Southern Charm
By Sarah Ford on May 27, 2014
Alice* is a D.C.-native who moved to Alexandria in the 1970s for a job. She and her husband built a life in this “sleepy, southern town,” eventually buying a home. They watched as the small town grew into a bustling mini-metropolis, spurred by the Metro. Despite the growth and change, Alice believes her neighborhood was “just as lovely then as it is now.”
Over the years, Alice has suffered from disabling medical conditions and weathered the loss of several family members, including her beloved husband. The fond memories she has of her life in Alexandria remain and carry her forward. As she walks through her house, she notes that the kitchen is her favorite room. A trained chef, her husband was an amazing cook, and her happiest memories were watching him work his magic in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, the city’s transformation, her health issues, and the loss of her husband have made it very difficult for Alice to maintain the house she loves. She was first referred to Rebuilding Together Alexandria several years ago when she sought tax relief after skyrocketing property values made it impossible to afford her tax bills. As a self-proclaimed “pack rat,” she finally reached out to us last year to help her de-clutter as well as fix more serious problems in her house.
Since then, Rebuilding Together Alexandria volunteers have provided a myriad of fixes and upgrades to make Alice’s home a safer and healthier place. They fixed...
*It is Rebuilding Together Alexandria’s policy to not disclose full names.