Octogenarian, military widow, lauds volunteers' renovation of her house
The (Vallejo, Calif.) Times-Herald
Betty King-Ronning spent much of last week away at a conference.
So when Rebuilding Together Solano County Executive Director Elizabeth Hoffman called to tell her of a surprise waiting for her back in Vallejo, King-Ronning knew it could only be one thing.
"I was sure that you found my mixer," the 87-year-old woman said this week with a laugh, speaking to Jared Newland, installation service manager for Home Depot.
The mixer had been packed away sometime this summer during one of Rebuilding Together Solano County's numerous renovation projects at King-Ronning's home.
Instead, King-Ronning came back to a house with a brand new roof as well as new insulation in the attic. Altogether, Home Depot donated about $35,000 worth of materials for King-Ronning's house, Newland said.
Rebuilding Together Solano County rehabilitates community centers and the homes of low-income seniors. This summer, the organization focused on helping veterans. King-Ronning has been married twice to two military men.
The extensive project at King-Ronning's house included tiling the bathroom, putting up new drywall to mitigate mold and painting the exterior and interior of the house.
"What a bit of elbow grease can do, huh?" said King-Ronning, who's also taken to volunteering with Rebuilding Together at its other projects.
The final piece of the renovations will involve plumbing, so Hoffman is searching for plumber volunteers.
King-Ronning said she was pleased with all the work that dozens of volunteers and several businesses have done to get her house in order after her husband died in February -- even if she can't find her mixer to bake her cakes.
"It's an honor to help you. It was my pleasure," Newland said in response.