Surrounded by family pictures and aging couches, Jack Neville points out the large cracks in the ceiling of his Carrboro home.
“We’ve had rain that has caused this crack to leak,” he said.
Neville, this year’s recipient of the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors’ Fix-A-Home project, will receive a new roof this October.
The project, funded in part this year by a $2,000 grant from a local nonprofit, brings together groups of local businesses, realtors and volunteers each year to help a local resident in need.
The reconstruction on Neville’s home is scheduled to begin in October. The roof is the biggest part of the project, though it will also include some outdoor landscaping, new light fixtures and fresh paint for the walls.
Repairs on the roof have already begun. The replacement materials for the roof were acquired with support from the Chapel Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars post, where Neville is a member.
Neville grew up in Carrboro and lived there until he was called to serve in the Korean War. After the war, Neville returned to the United States to marry his love, Evelyn. The couple has called Carrboro home since 1967.
Jo Ellen Munsee, a member of the Fix-A-Home committee, said she wanted to give back to a couple who had given so much of themselves to the community around them.
“Both Evelyn and Jack worked for the UNC system for many years, and Jack retired from UNC’s Facilities Services Division after 20 years of service,” she said.