It may not look like much now inside this Southwest Bakersfield home, but the dozens of volunteers remodeling it say give it some time.
"I can tell you that in a couple of months, this place is going to look brand new,” says Ernie Pineda, president of the South Valley Market Wells Fargo bank.
Volunteers with Wells Fargo teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to spruce up the home for a needy family. They cleaned rails and cut tiles. This remodeling job is just one of several Wells Fargo plans to help with.
Wells Fargo cut a check worth $79,000 dollars to Habitat for Humanity to start a new program called Youthbuild.
“It's a program that takes at-risk youth, puts them back in the classroom teaches them their basic math, English and other high school courses,” says Dennis Wallace, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire. “And they get hands-on and classroom training for construction."
The teens who take part in the program will work side by side with the families who will live in the newly constructed homes.
“That's kind of the neat thing about building a house,” Wallace says. “You can always go back and show people, I built that, I did that."
Volunteers spent their Saturday working more than 8 hours doing back-breaking, knee-bending labor on this home on La Tonia court. But they say it'll all be worthwhile for a family in need, who will soon call this place home.
“It makes me proud to work for a company like Wells Fargo to know that we're doing this type of community development,” Pineda says. “I like this community involvement in helping those that are less fortunate than we are.”
Habitat for Humanity will partner with Kern County Superintendent of Schools for its Youthbuild program, which is scheduled to start in the spring.