Rebuilding Together Kern County remodels home for family in need

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Rebuilding Together Kern County, a national non-profit, partnered with Lowe’s hardware store to remodel the home of a local family in need.

“Working with the families during the process and seeing them, how they react and how thankful they are, they get emotional. We kind of form a bond with these families,” vice president of Rebuilding Together Kern County Tony Martinez said.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for our employees to give back to their community and it’s just something good for them to finally have the opportunity to come out and into the community and really give back,” Lance Rowell with Lowe’s said.

Rebuilding Together Kern County selected Rufino Talamantes’ house on Donna Avenue in East Bakersfield to remodel after hearing from his neighbors.

“He’s always helping other families in the neighborhood,” Martinez said. “They have trouble with plumbing, whatever, lighting he’ll do it and help them. So we said okay there’s a family that’s worth helping.”

Talamantes has diabetes and a heart condition.

“I just really appreciate it because this is stuff I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Talamantes said. “I don’t have the money and I don’t have the time.”

With his wife Debra, Talamantes takes care of their three year-old son, Jacob, and his father who is battling dementia.

Talamantes works as a custodian, struggling to make ends meet.

Three months ago he had a stroke, and just three weeks ago he had a heart attack. 

“It just made it more difficult to do any of this work,” Talamantes said. “It’s been amazing and it’s helping me to give my little boy what I dream for him. To have these people just come in and just start doing stuff, that’s kind of incredible for me”

Rebuilding Kern County is able to help families like the Talamantes because of donations from the community along with grants.

If you would like to donate or nominate a family in need,  click here.

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