Historic rainfalls in South Carolina in October 2015 dampened and destroyed a lot of real property but thanks to about 140 volunteers from Colonial Life, a Columbia resident’s house is a home again. Cathern Davis’ home was already on a Home Works of America, Inc. waiting list before the flood. However, the October rains came and with it, the home flooded from below and ceilings suffered more damage from the leaking roof. After the flooding, Ms. Davis was referred to Home Works through a partner agency. Home Works assessed the damage and recommended her home to Colonial Life as a potential fit for the company’s annual service project.
Volunteers, along with trade professionals, helped in all aspects, including installing insulation, lowering and jacking the floors, installing floor joists and new flooring, removing all crown molding and repainting all interior trim, walls and ceilings. As a housewarming gift, Colonial Life gave Ms. Davis a new appliance she had dreamed of having one day – a dishwasher. And in addition to their time, Colonial Life employees contributed their personal resources to ensure Ms. Davis’ home was complete with new window blinds, area rugs and furniture. Ms. Davis said, “I’ve been showing the house to my friends and telling them how hard-working and nice everyone was. I love the dishwasher! Everything is just so beautiful. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”