This Friday – hurricane or no hurricane! – local residents and businesses will come together to help make one local family’s dream come true.

Each year, the Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS heads up a project called “Fix-A-Home.” They choose one local home every year and provide needed repairs and upgrades for the homeowner – targeting homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make the repairs themselves.

This year’s Fix-A-Home recipient is Jewel Francis, who lives in the Northside neighborhood at 306 Brooks Street, in a home built for her parents 41 years ago. She shares the home with her goddaughter Anita Wilson and Anita’s two children, Lillie-Marie and Elijah – sleeping on the couch so the others can have their own bedrooms.

The project got under way last Thursday. Since then, volunteers have been braving the steady rain and working around the clock to make repairs, install carpet, repaint the walls, and add a new bedroom – for starters. Local businesses have chipped in with supplies, expert assistance, and lodging and food for the family.

Project co-chairs Anne Hoole and Jackie Tanner stopped by WCHL Wednesday and spoke with Aaron Keck.


The big reveal will take place at 3 pm Friday, October 2 – with volunteers, realtors, and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt on hand. Everyone’s welcome to attend.