Turner Industries employees recently participated along with employees from Georgia Pacific and Honeywell, in two Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge (RTBR) events. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit whose mission aims to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing critical home repair and modification services to those in need at no cost to homeowners. For two days in April, Turner, along with our partners, made improvements and renovations to family homes in the greater Baton Rouge area.
In Zachary, La. the Turner team removed an old exterior staircase and replaced it with a more accessible ramp for the Jones family. The Jones’ contacted Chris Andrews, director of Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, asking for assistance as their grandfather, who is in a wheelchair, could not go outside. “My grandfather was captive in his own home,” Taquila Jones said. Once the Jones’ met the qualifications for help through the Rebuild program, Andrews contacted Turner Industries knowing the past work done by Turner employees with RTBR. Ernie Guitreau, a project manager at Turner Industries, and James Pino, a Turner site manager at Georgia Pacific in Baton Rouge, assembled a group of workers to assist in construction of the new ramp.
“We have done work before with Rebuilding Together and we wanted to do more,” Pino said. Pino and four other Turner employees, Matthew Book, Lathan Black, Rusty Kleinpeter and Mickey Melanchon, spent two days building the ramp, providing the Jones’ with easier accessibility to the house.
“This will help tremendously,” Jones said. “Thank you to everybody who helped.”
Another Turner Industries group helped retired school bus driver, Daisy Edwards, by repairing exterior damage to her home. Ms. Edwards was unable to fix the damage herself, and extensive work needed to be done. Turner employees, Leonard Guidroz, Josh Dos Ramos and George Adams, along with numerous Honeywell employees, helped rebuild her home. This job represented one of RTBR’s first projects to be completed in Ascension Parish.