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Sixth Annual Seniors Helping Seniors Event Brings Community Closer Together

Sixth Annual Seniors Helping Seniors Event Brings Community Closer Together
Posted on 05/29/2015
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Pasadena ISD partnered with Rebuilding Together Houston for sixth annual Seniors Helping Seniors initiative where high school seniors throughout the district roll up their sleeves and brave the blistering sun for home improvement projects across Pasadena, South Houston and the South Belt area. Homes selected for the project belong to senior citizens who have no financial means or who lack the physical ability to paint, repair or do other types of labor. 

“Through this event, the students and other volunteers were able to change people’s lives,” Chad Phillips, assistant principal at the Lewis Career and Technical High School and Senior Helping Seniors Coordinator said. “The homeowners are grateful beyond belief and the students had the chance to give back to those that helped support them through the last 12 years of school.”

From painting the exterior walls, to repairing the eaves on the bottom edge of the roof these volunteers are making an impact not only on their college resumes, but also in the lives of homeowners. 

“Without this program, I would never get this done. I don’t have anyone to help me. It’s a blessing and a joy to have them here to make my yard beautiful and my neighbors appreciate it too,” Jane Taghizadeh Pasadena resident said. “I appreciate it and I just thank you so much for blessing me with this opportunity to have my yard chosen to be taken care of. I thank all the children and the staff and everyone for coming to take care of my yard in front and back.”

This year, nearly 750 seniors from Dobie, Lewis Career and Technical, Pasadena, Pasadena Memorial, Sam Rayburn and South Houston High Schools decided to lend a helping hand. In just a day, all of these high school seniors made a difference in the 17 homeowner’s lives.

“It feels good helping those in need. Most people don’t appreciate what they have, so going out here and doing that for them feels great,” Dobie High School senior Kevin Ramirez said. “Everybody needs help every once in a while, even if you don’t know them.”

Nearly 50 Administrators and community members also volunteered to improve the homes of these Pasadena residents.

“This is a stellar program. I have been with Rebuilding Together for two and a half years,” Terri Drabik-O'Reilley, community relations and special projects director at Rebuilding Together Houston said. “I use the program in Pasadena as an example of greatness when I talk to other organizations around town. Thank you so much for what to do.”

Special thanks to the generous sponsors: Rebuilding Together Houston, Neighbors Emergency Center, Waste Management, Sagemont Church, Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, Chick-Fil-A, Phelps Insurance, Chase Bank, Pasadena Independent School District, Carter Lomax Middle School, Garfield Elementary, Dr. Dixie Melillo Middle School, Bobby Shaw Middle School, South Shaver Elementary and Queens Intermediate.

Those interested in supporting next year’s event or for questions on how to volunteer contact Chad Phillips at CPhillips@pasadenaisd.org


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