Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to offer assistance to some families in our area.

Rebuilding Together Roanoke held “Veterans Rebuilding Day," a day to give back to low income military families.

A volunteer crew is working hard in the home of Shirley Washington, making much needed repairs in her kitchen and bathroom.

“I feel great, it's wonderful; it's a blessing. It's a blessing from the lord. We had been wanting work done on the house but we just couldn't afford it,” said widow Shirley Washington.

The rebuilding day provided 13 low-income veterans and widows of veterans with critical home repairs, free of charge.

“It's a small thing to do for folks that really need the help and particularly around Veterans Day,” said volunteer Jim Arend.

This group started work early Saturday morning removing old cabinets and replacing flooring. The crew is made up of members from the Real Estate Investors Group.

“I think the fact that it was for veterans, everybody wanted to step forward and do something,” said Arend.

Washington is thrilled to see that work is being done, but wishes that her husband could be here.

“I feel good about it and I feel a little sad too, because he's not here to see it; because he had all this arranged before he passed,” said Washington.

Washington has lived in her home for more than 30 years and says her late husband, Dr. John Washington, would have been very happy to see the progress.