‘Everybody needs help sometime’




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By Leroy Spencer, U.S. Army veteran whose home underwent Habitat repairs in Hoover, Alabama

Editor’s note: Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program has been developed in cooperation with The Home Depot Foundation. The partnership helps veterans in the United States thrive by creating healthier, safer home environments through critical repairs and improvements. Volunteers upgraded Leroy Spencer’s home thanks to a Repair Corps grant awarded to Habitat Greater Birmingham.

My house was no place to raise two teenage grandchildren. It needed a new roof, heating and air system, fresh paint, landscaping and many other repairs.

I’ve experienced so much hardship in my life; I didn’t think something this good would come my way. I’m one of the hardest people you will meet. At 70 years old now, I’ve served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam and Korean wars, battled cancer, had a quadruple-bypass surgery, and I just didn’t trust anybody.

When I heard about Habitat’s Repair Corps program for veterans, I almost didn’t apply. Then I said, “What have I got to lose?”

I was surprised how simple the application process was; I thought things didn’t work this easily. When repairs started, I just got on my knees and just thanked God. We have got to be the most blessed family.

All of these volunteers working on my home have restored my faith in the younger generation and restored my faith in human life. The bottom line is: This is not just about me. I would just love to get across that these staff and volunteers want to help you. People don’t have to be proud. Everybody needs help sometime.