JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The expression on Rennie Breen's face said it all. The Regency Home Depot worker got the surprise of her life Friday, courtesy of her friends and co-workers.
They renovated her Arlington home, a project that was long overdue.
When Breen say the renovated house for the first time she said, "Oh my gosh! Overwhelmed! I tell you what, this is beautiful. I love this."
The roof in Breen's house had been leaking for years. Most of the living space had been ruined. But because money is scarce, she had to live with it.
Chris Simons, Executive Director of Builders Care said, "The ceilings in this house fell in. The electrical got very dangerous. The plumbing was almost non-existent. The floors were falling through. And this wonderful person was living here without anybody knowing."
Builders Care teamed up with Home Depot, and together, they made Breen's repairs. And it didn't cost her a dime
Simons said, "We put in new wiring, new plumbing, new HVAC system. New drywall and now we're down to the finishes. New cabinets and fixtures."
Breen's manager, David Meide said, "It's for a great and outstanding associate, Rennie Breen. She is well deserving. She is a wonderful employee that works hard everyday and gives 110%"
Breen choked back tears as she said, "All these loving people. I mean their hands, their hearts went into this."
She says she'll be forever grateful to the handy volunteers. And for her first night in her new house, she has big plans. "I'll probably put on some music and dance around like I normally do," she said with laugh.
Builders Care is a non-profit ministry which welcomes donations. To learn more about it and how you can help, all you have to do is go to http://www.builderscare.org/