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Brush with Kindness

Two Central Point families and two Medford families encountered “A Brush with Kindness” this week as volunteer crews built a fence, cleared brush and yard debris, repaired a wheelchair ramp and made two homes handicap-accessible.

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity and 40 other Habitat chapters across the country launched the first-ever “Brush with Kindness” on Sept. 19, with the last project scheduled to wrap up on Saturday.

Volunteers worked alongside the homeowners to complete the exterior home repairs and landscape improvements. With much of the materials and all the labor donated, the low-income families were able to complete their to-do-list at a substantial savings. Habitat selected the families — many of whom are elderly or disabled — based on income, need and the willingness to partner.

The impetus behind the new program, according to Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity’s website, is four-fold: ensure families live in safe and well-maintained neighborhoods, revitalize neighborhoods, encourage community outreach, and preserve affordable housing.

The nationwide program is underwritten by Valspar, Habitat’s national paint partner and co-founder of Habitat’s home preservation services. Wells Fargo also is supporting the effort in 25 states.

Daniel Hodson of Ruch, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, works on a wheelchair access ramp at a house outside of Medford. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch