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Neighborhood starts program to help one another

Posted: 7:16 PM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 23:21:01Z

On the corner of 35th and Spruce Street in Old Northwood Neighborhood, there's a house that's hard to miss.

"If I would have it my way I'd have it red all over," Pamela Roberts said.

It's fair to say red is her favorite color.

"In every room and the other rooms they are two different colors red," she said.

But not too long ago Roberts decided to take on one of her biggest projects yet.

"I was trying to paint it and I was having a hard time doing it myself," she recalled.

So the red and white house sat unfinished on the corner of Spruce Street. Roberts was out of paint and ideas.

"I didn't like it.. I thought I did, but then I didn't," Roberts said.

So a few of her neighbors stepped in.

"It's just a helping hand," Steve Harsnett said.

They encouraged her to apply to a new neighborhood program called Old Northwood Cares.

"These are neighbors who are out to look after and help other neighbors in need."

Steve Harsnett created the program. Initially, the goal was to take on small projects that would help make the neighborhood look nice.

"Maintaining hedges, power washing sidewalks," he said.

But after hearing about Robert's struggle about dozens of neighbors got together and picked up a brush.

"I thought it was wonderful... it really was," she said.

The next few weekends using their own time and money Roberts' and her neighbors finished the job she started. With some tweaks to the color scheme.

"Red being her favorite color we were certain to make sure there were bright red doors on the home," Harsnett said.

Painting a home and a new sense of community.