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CESO employees from across America help Eastern Kentucky family repair home

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 1:16 PM EDT
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) is working with crews from across the nation to show families in their own backyard that help is just a call away.

The Lafferty family needed extensive repairs to their home, requiring work they were unable to do on their own. The family of five said the house was mainly used for storage, but they needed to get it in shape as the winter weather makes its way to the region. So, CAP partnered with CESO, a firm that offers a variety of services, to bring a little security to the Laffertys.

“It’s really special to be able to help people who are often being overlooked,” said CESO Staff Engineer Ashley Milton.

According to a statement from CAP, CESO is financing the project and utilizing a team composed of people from across the nation to do the necessary work.

“We have a culture of serving within our company,” said CESO Senior Principal David Oakes. “We have people coming that have came from all of our different offices. I think we represent seven of our offices here today. And it’s a way for us to give back to the community.”

Crews wrapped their second day of work, aiming to get as much complete as possible for Larry, Brittney, and their three kids.

“Just people that just need a little helping hand to try to get a few things done to their home to make it safe warm and dry,” said CAP Crew Leader Ron Morrow. ”To get to see that their house is in better shape than it was when we came and we’ve made a little bit of difference in their lives.”

The project includes updates to the windows, flooring, and kitchen, and work is underway to create a ramp and lay the footing for an additional room. Water line work and other utility repairs are also on the agenda. The work gives the team an opportunity to travel into the region and team up with new faces within the company.

“It’s great because it brings everybody together. It brings us into a different environment that maybe we’re not used to and it kind of opens our eyes up to the help that’s needed across the country,” said CESO Executive Strategic Support Deanne Hudak.

But they say, more than that, it is about showing up for a family to show them help is never too far away.

“It’s a little emotional, just because we know that we’re giving a gift to them that they desperately need,” said Hudak.

The project continues with the partnership through the week and more crews will return with CAP to help complete the renovations in the weeks following.

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