BUILDING ANGELS has recently completed two projects in Sydney’s north
Anna (not real name) is a single mother with three school age children. Whilst Anna had retained the family home as a result of a property settlement, unemployed and relying upon Centrelink support Anna was unable to complete urgent repairs on her home. The maintenance issues Anna faced included matters of safety for her family, who were unable to use the balcony due to exposed rusty nails and rotten timber. There were other areas around the home which had been neglected as Anna fought to balance the family budget, including adequate weather protection for essential utilities which, if left unattended would eventually have led to significant costs.
Susie (not real name) is a single mother with two school age children. As a result of a small inheritance Susie was able to purchase a small unit however only being able to obtain work part time Susie was unable to complete plumbing and other repairs to her home. In addition one of Susie’s children had a rare skin condition which required a regular bath as part of the treatment. Unfortunately Susie’s property had a shower only.
Building Angels was alerted to the situation Anna and Susie faced via the charity SMS Lighthouse and it’s founder and CEO Josie Parata. SMS Lighthouse supports single mums in crisis ( https://www.smslighthouse.org.au )
The CEO and Founder of Building Angels Rocco Falcomata was able to utilise his contacts within the building industry and suppliers to make a significant difference to these single mums. Building Angels were very pleased to obtain the support of Hardware and General Supplies in Winbourne Road, Brookvale ( http://www.hg.com.au/ ) who supplied all the required timber at no cost. Their contribution was very much appreciated.
In addition Rocco was able to enlist the support of some local tradesmen who donated their time, and materials at cost to complete the two projects in early 2017. Anna’s family are now able to utilise all areas of the house in safety. The outside utilities are now provided with all weather protection. The plumbing problems at Susie’s home which made life very difficult have been fixed, a replacement vanity and sink installed, and a new bath was installed to create a combined shower/bath facility. According to Susie the work completed by Building Angels at her home were “like a dream”. In her own words the work completed by Building Angels “helped me so much, this kindness has not happened in my lifetime”.
Building Angels were very please to be able to help Anna and Susie and we continue to seek out new projects.