Veteran’s Home Gets Full Makeover

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CLEVELAND -- A true community effort is transforming one house and in turn, helping to transform a neighborhood.

The home of Enrico and Diana Galassi is getting a complete makeover. A new roof and new siding is just part of the major renovations to the couple's older home in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood.

Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization, has partnered with Aleris, a Beachwood based aluminum producer, for a top to bottom renovation of the home.

Galassi said his house was falling apart.

"The gutters were gone. The wood had been pulled down by years of ice accumulating on the gutters. The siding was rotting away, the roof was rotting away. It was a mess," he said.

Rebuilding Together worked with the Slavic Village Development to find a home to rebuild. The project is for homeowners who are physically and financially unable to do the repairs themselves.

Galassi is also an Army and Navy veteran.

"We are here to help a veteran homeowner with a number of home repairs that the homeowner is sorely needing. When we arrived here a few months ago, we found a house that was in pretty poor condition on the outside and the inside," Rebuilding Together Executive Director Paul Holm said.

This is the first time Aleris is participating in the Rebuilding Together project. The company is not only providing materials, but 80 Aleris volunteers have joined union carpenters to do all the work for free.

"This Rebuilding Together project is a perfect fit for us to donate some of our products, give back to the community, which is also directly linked to a great family, a veteran in the community," Aleris CEO Steve Demetriou said.

Galassi's house is one of about 300 homes Rebuilding Together intends to renovate throughout Northeast Ohio this year.

"With this, this is a start of a neighborhood coming together," Galassi said.

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