Helping Homebound Heroes -  March

February 24, 2020

“I joined the Air Force to see the world and wound up being stationed in Texas,” Lubbock native Alice Black says with a laugh. 

Ms. Black enlisted in 1973 and received training in dental radiology.  “I love my country and I was proud to be a part of that,” she says of her four years of service.

Now in her mid-60’s, Ms. Black has battled cancer for the past 20+ years.  The fight physically weakened her to the point that the home she shares with her husband in Dimebox, Texas posed serious health and safety risks for her.

The couple lacked the finances to pay for the necessary renovations – but fortunately, the Home Depot Foundation (HDF) and Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX) were there to help.  Using funds generously donated by HDF, the MOWCTX Home Repair program transformed Ms. Black’s home into a safer, healthier place for her to live.  Renovations included tearing out an existing bathtub and replacing it with a walk-in shower, ripping out old carpeting and replacing it with laminate tile, and building an outside ramp that makes it easier for Ms. Black to get in and out of her home.

But it’s the walk-in shower that impresses Ms. Black the most.  I never believed I would have one of those.  I don’t have to worry about falling anymore,” Ms. Black says.  Asked what the help from HDF and MOWCTX means to her, she responds “It’s like God sent them to us.”