Angels on Call give local grandmother's home a makeover

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PHOENIX – This house had complete water damage and we cleared out a lot of the brush, shrubs and things there in the front,” Todd Stingley, with Stardust Building Supplies, said.

“This is the kitchen and you can see this is where the sink was and back here was a play room. It actually has a Jacuzzi in there that we're removing.”

The home near 59th Avenue and Camelback was chosen to be renovated thanks to Stardust Building Supplies. It's part of their community service program, Angels on Call. The makeover began last month.

“They have to own their own home,” Stingley said. “They have to have an income at or less than 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and then basically we like for them to be referred to us by another agency.”

This year's recipient is Patsy Martinez. The local grandmother has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren living with her.

“She said literally the boys like to take showers in the bathroom from the rain water and their sewer hasn't worked,” Stingley said.

Sewer problems to holes in the roof are just two of the many issues Martinez had to deal with over the years. “It’s just not a safe place and so she was the one most in need,” Stingley said.

The home transformation was possible thanks to the more than 40 Valley businesses and lots of volunteers who donated their services and time.

They did everything from fix the roof to installing new electrical and plumbing systems to remodeling the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms. The project took a month to complete and the entire time Martinez and her family were living somewhere else.

“I thought I was dreaming,” Martinez said when she saw her renovated home. “I wanted to wake up and I still pinch myself.”

“We made it happen,” Bob Darre, president of the board of directors at Stardust Building Supplies, said. “It's livable and I think she's going to be extremely happy.”

More importantly, Martinez is happy there's still good people in this world. “I think it shows an important thing to my grandkids that there are people out there that still care,” Martinez said.

The home makeover was valued at more than $100,000.

More information on Angels on Call at Stardust Building Supplies.

2011 Stardust Building Supplies/Angels on Call Home Makeover Donors and Volunteers:
John Bond Contracting
City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services
Desert Sun AZ Landscaping
Tilmann Electric
Universal Connections
Window World
The Big Tin Shed
Audrain Design
All-Pro Security Solutions
Bedrosians
De Colores Shelter
Essco Wholesale Electric
Faith In Motion
Honey Bear's BBQ
Jackpot Sanitation Services
Jacobs Journey
Mesa Church of Christ
Razzo Interiors
Set Free Ministries
Sherwin-Williams
Sleep America
Davidson-Bohannon Painting
St. Mary's Food Bank
Starbuck's
Step One Halfway House
Units Self Storage
Weinberger Waste Disposal
Western States Flooring
Winroc Corporation
Ebco - La-Z-Boy
Pro Tops, Inc.