Volunteers work to complete house, help grandmother keep kids

Olivia Torres gets help from local organizations

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Mar 20 2013 05:11:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 20 2013 05:22:09 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A few weeks ago, KSAT brought you the story of Olivia Torres. 

Torres' west-side home was in disrepair, leaving the 77-year-old to fight in court to keep her two grandchildren in the home. 

Since then, volunteers from the Dream Center and Blue Print Ministries have stepped in to make sure that does not happen.

"Last night, when we heard the story about this house, you know, the people living here and their needs, it was pretty moving,” said Oma Claunch, from the Regent School in Austin and a volunteer.

Through Blue Print Ministries, the school sent 10 high school students to help work on the home on Wednesday. 

It was a mission trip of sorts for the students, completing work that the home desperately needed. They spent most of the day putting up sheetrock and repairing the roof.

"The roof was in great disrepair, with holes in it. The leaks were coming right into the home and the ceiling is down in several rooms,” said DeeDee Sedgwick, with Blue Print Ministries.

According to organizers, the roof and the home’s bathroom were the problem areas that needed to be repaired to make the home livable by Child Protective Services standards.

As of Wednesday, organizers said they were about 70 percent completed.

"This week, we'll have the roof on it and will have the ceilings up in the rooms that were coming down,” said Sedgwick.

With these updates, the home is expected to be ready for a court deadline of April 1. 

However, organizers expect to ask for an extension through the summer to make additional repairs.