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‘Everybody needs help sometime’




To learn more about Habitat’s Repair Corps program, read our partnership announcement.


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.


nicole wrote:

How do I apply for your help with roof repair program?

Megan Frank wrote:

Hi Nicole,
You'll need to contact your local affiliate. If you aren't sure where that is, you can find out here:

Deborah Williams wrote:

I have a daughter in the U.S. Army, but the house she was raised in is in need of repair with the roof, the air conditioning system, termite infestation, and i just can't afford to do all these things on my budget. Can someone please help me or point me in the direction of someone who can?

Shala Carlson wrote:

Hi, Deborah, please find your local affiliate here and contact them for more information about Habitat's work in your area. Thanks and God bless!

Robert Pickens wrote:

How do I get help for my roof?I am 73 years of age and and I am im much need with the roof on my house.

Megan Frank wrote:

Hi Robert. You can find your local affiliate at and contact them for more information about Habitat’s work in your area.

joan Crenshaw wrote:

i am looking for help for roofing repairs for an elderly friend. My question is, does one have to be a Veteran, in order to recieve this type of help?
Thank you,

Megan Frank wrote:

Hi Joan,

Habitat’s repair work is not just for veterans. Please contact your local affiliate for more information on how they might help your friend. You can find out where that is and how to contact them at



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