Volunteers Help Preserve Local Historic Houses and Neighborhoods

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Thomasville, GA-October 23, 2012

Savannah Hill has lived in her house in Thomasville since the 1950's. After years of wear and tear, it was in need of a little TLC.

That's when 'Dependable Affordable Sustainable Housing' or D.A.S.H. of Thomasville, Inc. stepped in.

Hill said she is very grateful they did. "In these hard times, I really wanted, I kept praying that I could get it done, but there was no way I could," she added.

Volunteers are donating their services to make exterior repairs to homes of lower income families throughout Thomasville and Thomas County. It's all in an effort to preserve the history of the houses and make the neighborhoods more vibrant.

"We like to do it for people who are 62 years and older, but of course, if there is a younger person who is disabled and we need to make some repairs, we will do that," said Lauretta Gibbs, the Program Coordinator for D.A.S.H of Thomasville, Inc.

Rudolph Elzy serves as a board member for Thomasville Landmarks
and also volunteers to work on the houses. He encourages everyone to take part in the restoration process.

"It's something that will benefit the community, and make them feel even better to donate their time," he said.

The house must meet certain qualifications to be considered historic for repairs. It must be 50 or more years old and have most of it's original architecture.

Dorris Copeland's house is one of the homes undergoing repairs right now. It was originally owned by one of the first African American doctors in Thomasville and is now a stop in the local Black History Tour.

"They're working on the walls and the ceilings and the windows, just all of the things that really need help," Copeland added.

Both houses are expected to be completed within the next two weeks..

Volunteers involved from other organizations include Thomasville Landmarks, Hands on Thomas County and Operation C.A.R.E.

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