Holyoke homes rehabilitated by team of 200 volunteers

Revitalize CDC doing work on more than a dozen homes

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of volunteers improved more than a dozen homes in the Beech, Suffolk and Appleton Streets in Holyoke Thursday.

Over the years, Revitalize CDC has fixed up hundreds of homes in Springfield’s inner city. Director Ethel Griffin extended her vision into Holyoke.

“Oh I feel, I’m so ecstatic, I couldn’t even sleep last night,” Griffin said. “We are so excited about this, is our first project, our first project out of Springfield.”

Sara Bukowski never imagined the volunteers would do such a complete job rehabilitating her home. “So amazing, that’s all I can say: amazing,” Bukowski said.

For the hundreds of volunteers, this massive neighborhood renewal would be a project to remember, as they put their heart and soul into fixing up the homes and restoring the neighborhood park.

“It makes me feel good, to help all the people, doing whatever is necessary,” volunteer Juan Traball said.

In all, it took the volunteers less than half a day to restore 12 homes, a city park and neighborhood morale.

Courtesy of Revitalize CDC
Courtesy of Revitalize CDC