Sometimes it’s the little things that you can’t see that mean the most.

Chester lost his sight about two years ago, but the memories of the garden in front of his home still paint a vivid picture in his mind. Now, he knows that others can see that garden every time they pass by his Jefferson home.

Thanks to Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana, with a little help from volunteers from World Changers, Chester now has his garden back, and the thought of those beautiful flowers forced him to hold back tears.

“I know what it used to look like, and it hasn’t looked like that in decades, decades,” he said. “It means so much. I’ve wanted to get it done for so long, and now it’s done. And that means more than you can know.”

But that’s not the only thing Volunteers of America did for the Army veteran. Our Repairs on Wheels program installed handrails on his front porch and back steps as well as making his bathroom handicap-accessible.

“There were a few times that I lost my balance, but I know how to fall,” he said with a smile. “I was catching hell getting in and out of the bathtub, so that was a true blessing.”

The oldest of five siblings, Chester lives in his grandparent’s home, just blocks from where he grew up. After serving six years in the Army, he studied at Delgado to be an electrician. But about 20 years ago, his vision started to dim, and two years ago he went completely blind.

After living a full, independent life, Chester needed some assistance in his older years, and Volunteers of America is honored to be able to help.

“Y’all have been a blessing,” he said. “I jumped for joy when the bathroom was done, and now, I have my garden back because of these wonderful young people. This means so much. I can’t even explain it. This is really something special.”

 

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