Information from a Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri news release and City of Cape Girardeau Planning Services Division
What began nearly ten months ago with a condemned house and little hope transpired into a new beginning for two Cape Girardeau individuals. James King and Lilian Martin received the keys to their refurbished house and moved home on Monday, March 14.
Due to health problems and various poverty issues, the couple’s home on Giboney Street in Cape Girardeau had fallen into significant disrepair. The house was condemned and the couple was forced to move out last year, doubling up with relatives.
Lilian is a client in Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri’s Developmental Disability program. Ronnie Phillips, Lilian’s support coordinator at Catholic Charities, brought the condition of the home to the attention of Billy Moses, Catholic Charities Construction Manager.
Due to the size of the project, and with the encouragement of Steve Williams, Housing Assistance Coordinator for the City of Cape Girardeau, a team assembled of volunteers, churches, businesses and not for profit organizations. Under the leadership of Catholic Charities’ construction team, the group worked together to make the house safe and habitable once again.
The entire home was refurbished, from top to bottom and front to back. Centenary Methodist Church and their Project Coordinator Jerry Siemers donated significant time and money into this project. Window World installed new windows and siding. East Missouri Action Agency provided insulation and appliances. Funding was provided by Missouri Housing Trust Fund, Senior Citizen’s Service Fund of Cape Girardeau, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Centenary Methodist Church and the First Methodist Church of Jefferson City.
Volunteers for this project included:
- Centenary Methodist Church – Cape Girardeau
- De Smet Jesuit High School – St. Louis
- First Methodist Church – Jefferson City
- Mission Alternative Break – University of Missouri-Columbia
- Procter and Gamble
Businesses and organizations that donated materials and/or labor included:
- 4 Site Counseling
- Advanced Pest Control
- Drury Southwest
- East Missouri Action Agency
- LTRC Committee of Wayne County
- Ram Power Service
- Window World