MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Army Specialist from Monson received home renovations from multiple initiatives on Wednesday.

Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity and the Window World Military Initiative worked Wednesday to replace the windows, siding, and doors for Roland and his wife Jo-Ann as part of the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build Home Preservation project, according to a news release from Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity.

Roland Sheaff is a former army specialist and has lived in his home for 37 years, raising his three children with his wife. Roland and Jo-Ann’s one-story house in Monson was purchased in 1992 and has fallen into disrepair. The Window World Military Initiative donated materials and labor to help the couple.

“I’m retired. I’m on social security and my benefits and all and so it’s a struggle at times, so this is going to be a huge benefit for us. Big help on the heating bills, yes. It’s amazing, amazing. I can’t put it into words,” said Roland.

Former Army Specialist Roland Sheaff

Veterans Build is a Habitat for Humanity national initiative that provides housing solutions, volunteer, and employment opportunities for U.S. veterans, military service members, and members of their family. This program helps limited-income homeowners that are affected by age, disability, or family circumstances and are struggling to maintain the conditions and the utilities of their homes.

The home preservation program gives micro-loans to qualifying homeowners that need help with accessibility modifications, home weatherization, general home repairs, yard cleanup, and landscaping. Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity works with volunteers and homeowners to make the necessary preparations.

The Window World Military Initiative honors and serves America’s veterans, active military, and military families, across its 200 locations.

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