Habitat project helps Bay City homeowners

BAY CITY (WJRT) - (07/22/15) - In Bay City this week, hundreds of volunteers are working with Habitat for Humanity to make the community better - one house at a time.

Rob Hoxie and his wife Kathy filled out the paperwork to be helped, and they were chosen. They've lived in their Bay City home for almost five years.

Rob's "honey do" list is a mile long, but not anymore.

"They've gone all over the place, they've gone above. I just expected them to do one or two things, but they've gone and done everything," Rob said.

The team working on Rob and Kathy's house is made up of volunteers from The Dow Chemical Company and students from Garber and Western high schools.

From front to back, this place is getting a makeover.

Rob is most grateful that what he describes as a "jungle" in his backyard, is now flat ground. Another big project - volunteers took out his old cement front porch and will replace it with wooden steps.

The group's team leader says it's a win-win for homeowners and the people doing all the heavy lifting.

"Just such a rewarding experience because you're giving back to them and they're so appreciative. You know, Rob and Kathy have both been out here working very hard. You know, they're relatively new homeowners, they've been here maybe four or five years, and just, you know, lots of projects to do and so it's been really positive experience to see them grow," said Barb Bailey, who is an operations manager in external manufacturing for Dow.

More than two dozen homes are getting this kind of TLC during this year's "Bay County Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Revitalization" project.

Aside from Dow, other major partners include Consumers Energy, the United Way of Bay County, Chemical Bank and Meijer.

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