Photo Album: Community rallies to help Norway couple with home repairs

Kathleen and Richard Judkins admire their new kitchen in Norway on Wednesday, seeing it for the first time since March. Danielle Wadsworth records the moment on Facebook Live behind them. Wadsworth organized an army of volunteers through Facebook to clean and repair the house, which had fallen into disrepair over the years. New flooring, appliances, a furnace, electrical work, painting, trash hauling, driveway repair and more were provided by the volunteers in three weeks. Wadsworth is setting up a non-profit, Hope for Humanity, to help other members of the community. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

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Danielle Wadsworth, center, points to many of the new repairs and furnishing on Wednesday in Richard and Kathleen Judkins’ renovated living room in their home on Hayden Avenue in Norway. Wadsworth says there is still much to be done to bring the home up to her standards, but she was eager to get the basics done so the couple could move back in together. Wadsworth collected donations and volunteer labor to fix the couple’s home after they were found living in poor conditions. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Kathleen and Richard Judkins enter their kitchen on Wednesday for the first time in more than a month. They were moved into a motel to give time for volunteers to renovate their home. Thousands of man hours went into cleaning surfaces. The couple had been surviving the winter with a broken furnace and had resorted to buying firewood by the bundle, when Danielle Wadsworth was brought to the house by her mother, Connie Sessions, while delivering wood. Wadsworth, who has extensive connections in the community took on the project of fixing up the couple’s home. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Richard and Kathleen Judkins return home on Wednesday with Danielle Wadsworth, right, who spearheaded the effort to renovate the couple’s home. Wadsworth had met the couple in March while delivering firewood to them and discovered their house to be in severe disrepair. Wadsworth organized the community via Facebook to provide volunteer labor to fix up the couple’s home. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Louisa Westleigh, left, and Tracy Chute rake out some ruts on Wednesday on the lawn of Richard and Kathleen Judkins in Norway. The elderly couple living in the house on Hayden Avenue were given a home renovation by the community. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal


Last minute cleaning, plumbing work and appliance setup is done Wednesday by, from left, Tracy Chute, Mickey Bailey, Keegan Kimball and Dylan Allen at the home of Richard and Kathleen Judkins in Norway. Community members rallied around to help fix up the home of the couple, who had been living in the house through the winter with no heat, broken water pipes and a flooded basement. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Richard and Kathleen Judkins, seated, visit Wednesday with their next door neighbor, Mark Young, right, after returning to their renovated home on Hayden Avenue in Norway. Young had been providing support to his neighbors in the three years he has lived across from them, but did not realize the degree of trouble they were in. Young has was one of hundreds of volunteers who have pitched in to help fix up the house that was in disrepair. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Kathleen and Richard Judkins marvel Wednesday at the work done to their living room in Norway. The couple had been discovered huddling around a space heater in March with no fuel, a flooded basement and a house in severe disrepair. Community members rallied to clean and repair their home and install new appliances and a furnace. A volunteer is putting a new roof on the home in the coming months. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Danielle Wadsworth, right, laughs at a racy joke on Wednesday made by Richard Judkins, as his wife, Kathleen, admonishes him to behave. Richard grew up in the house on Hayden Avenue in Norway. The couple moved into the house when Richard’s mother passed away. The house had fallen into disrepair in recent years. When Connie Sessions brought Wadsworth, her daughter, to meet the couple, the two decided to take on the project of renovating the home for the couple. Wadsworth, who is forming a non-profit to help other community members, helped the couple access services that Richard was entitled to as a veteran. Wadsworth is setting the couple up with financial coaching and has organized community members to help pay the couple’s back taxes. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Kathleen and Richard Judkins enter their bedroom on Wednesday for the first time in more than a month after volunteers cleaned and repaired their home. Their closet is full of new clothing, which organizer Danielle Wadsworth collected. Wadsworth created an Amazon wish list under “Joy for the Judkins” for members of the public to buy items for the couple. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal


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