Local nonprofit looks to revitalize homes in Holyoke

Nonprofit repair organization looks to improve houses on Beech and Suffolk Streets

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – During the past few years, the Revitalize Community Development Corporation has fixed up numerous homes in Springfield’s Old Hill and Upper Hill neighborhoods. But on October 20th, Revitalize CDC will focus on 12 homes on Holyoke’s Beech and Suffolk Streets.

Neil Doling’s home will be the first getting the top-to-bottom overhaul. “I am overwhelmed by the opportunity I’ve had,” he said. “I mean, I barely scrape by.”

Sara Bukowski’s home on Suffolk Street is also earmarked for major renovations at no cost to her. She’s overjoyed to say the least. “We couldn’t believe it at first,” she told 22News. “We just got this letter in the mail, we filled out the application and this wonderful lady came. Oh my goodness, it’s for real!”

The wonderful lady Bukowski refers to is Revitalize CDC’s founder and executive director Ethel Griffin. “Holyoke has done so much to improve itself,” Griffin explained. “So they said ‘Let’s work in the block of Beech street.’ We said ‘Okay we’re ready.'”

With a few hundred housing rehab volunteers on October 20th, Ethel Griffin’s revitalize CDC will continue improving homes, neighborhoods and lives, this time in Holyoke.