Volunteers help save former nun's home

July 26, 2008 8:41:10 PM PDT
We've all heard about Good Samaritans. So, we were very interested in the story of the former nun who was about to lose her home, and those who are trying to save it for her. The sounds of saws and hammers filled the air along West End Avenue in Trevose, Bucks County this afternoon. Construction workers set out on a mission to save an elderly former nun from losing her home.

The project got started back in April when the desperate homeowner called the Knights of Columbus in Levittown asking for help.

Mark Kronberger from the Knights of Columbus tells us, "The Township was going to condemn her home because of the damage to her home. Because of trees falling down and it needed to get repaired and she doesn't have any means to get it repaired."

The home was badly in need of the repairs.

"The porch was in bad shape. We poured new footers with quick-setting concrete. We're rebuilding the porch and the porch roof," says Brian Zeldes of BKS Contractors.

The Knights put out the word and other local businesses joined in. So did Habitat for Humanity and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. A tree service trimmed the trees.

"Lumber companies started donating lumber and materials started showing up and we just got this whole big project together. Hopefully we'll satisfy the township and she won't get kicked out of her home," said Kronberger.

The homeowner, 86-year-old Dorothy Sarkon, grew up in the house and she's made it clear she wants to spend the rest of her days there. She calls the workers "angels", saying they deserve all the credit.

Work will go on through the weekend to ensure a former nun has a solid roof overhead at the place she has always called home.

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