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Volunteers "transforming" homes in need of repair

Volunteers from Ingredion work on a home near the processing plant on Monday, June 25, 2018.  Matthew 25 has organized nearly 250 volunteers for this year's "Transform Week" project. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)
Volunteers from Ingredion work on a home near the processing plant on Monday, June 25, 2018. Matthew 25 has organized nearly 250 volunteers for this year's "Transform Week" project. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)(KCRG)
Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 4:40 PM CDT
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Nearly 250 volunteers fanned out throughout one Cedar Rapids neighborhood on Monday to begin “transforming” older homes needing repairs.

For the third year, the Matthew 25 group organized volunteers for a “Transform Week” project in the Taylor Neighborhood in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Eighteen homes will get improvements ranging from simple house painting to major rebuilding.

For volunteers from Ingredion, the work at Muriyo Mohamud’s home on 6th Avenue S.W. was a true neighborhood project.

The Ingredion food processing plant is just a couple of blocks away.

Fifteen to 20 Ingredion employees plan to be at the home every day this week doing a major renovation.

Mohamud was grateful.

“It’s good help, it’s good help. Anyone who lends me a hand and help I appreciate it,” she said.

Clint Twedt-Ball, executive director of Matthew 25, said the work at Mohamud’s home was more extensive than most transform projects.

“This is a huge project, replacing all the windows and several doors. We’re redoing the front porch. It’s pretty much a home makeover for her,” Twedt-Ball said.

The Transform Week volunteers will be on the job through Friday. The number of projects increased from 12 last year to 18 this year.

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