(Cincinnati, OH) Sometimes helpers need a little help, too. All 17 employees of Neyer Properties, Inc., of Evendale spent the day Sept 27 repairing concrete steps leading up a hill to Working in Neighborhoods volunteer Charlene Dalton”s home, fixing shingles and flashing on her roof, installing a new wood deck in her backyard, repairing the front porch, and painting her house.
The project was an effort to help Dalton, a community leader and president of the Northside Community School in College Hill, which serves GED students of all ages, said Sr. Barbara Busch, WIN executive director. Dalton earns just enough income to be ineligible for aid to repair and maintain her home.
“I feel so blessed they came in,” said Dalton, who lives in Northside. “It”s the biggest thing anyone”s ever done for me in my life.” She said she had been worried how she was going to get the projects done, and was thrilled to have Neyer Properties help. Now she opens the back door about three times a day just to look out on her new, renovated deck.
“I owe a lot of thanks to them,” she said. “They were wonderful people.” “We hope other companies like Neyer step up to the plate and do other projects like this,” said Mary Metzmeier, WIN development director. “There is such a huge need out there.”
WIN, located in South Cumminsville, aims to stabilize neighborhoods and help moderate and lower-income families buy and maintain homes. It provides leadership training to build neighborhood leaders; courses on purchasing and maintaining a home; and individual counseling to prevent foreclosure.
Dan Neyer, president of Neyer Properties, Inc., was a WIN board of directors member for 18 years, and is a major WIN donor. He and his company are committed to serving community and charitable foundations.
“Charlene, who gives tirelessly to help others obtain a high school education equivalent, does not have the means or resources to complete this work,” said Neyer. “I am so proud that all of our employees came together to help Charlene. The joy I was able to see and feel brings tears to my eyes every time I think of this. We plan on making this activity a regular event within our company as it relates to the core values and belief system we all share.”
Founded in 1995, Neyer Properties, Inc. is a commercial development company specializing in land development, construction management, investment and redevelopment.
Neyer Properties is completing five major development projects located throughout the Cincinnati region, including the $100 million, 7.5 acre, Keystone Parke, located at Dana Avenue at the I-71 southbound exit. Keystone Parke is the region”s first green office campus, and includes a plan for LEED-certified buildings designed to cut energy costs by 20 percent.