Volunteers revitalize home of Springfield Vietnam veteran

Hampden County

Dozens of volunteers Friday restored the home of a Springfield Vietnam veteran.

Vietnam veteran Joseph Davis looked on proudly as enthusiastic volunteers rehabilitated the Upper Hill home he’s owned since 1961.

The Air Force veteran recalled for 22News how this differs from the reception returning Vietnam military personnel faced, when they returned to the states a half century ago. “When we first came back, some people hated us, some people if you already served, you had no choice, but now we’re finding they’re not doing it.”

The housing rehab volunteers came from Blue Cross Blue Shield for their sixth annual annual Service Day, and from Revitalize CDC, who’ve rehabbed hundreds of inner city neighborhood homes over the last 25 years.

Revitalize CDC associate director Ethel Griffin told 22News, “The joy that we feel, we get more joy than the homeowners. So that’s why I’m still working instead of retiring.”

Proud of the difference they’ve made in the lives of so many families of limited means, Revitalize CDC and its corporate partners say they’re not slowing down in their efforts to upgrade Springfield’s older neighborhoods.

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