Labor of Love for Helen and Ellen Reveal

8:46 PM, Apr 15, 2011   |    comments
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After nearly a month of anticipation, construction and countless volunteer hours, the day finally arrives. Helen Ashe sees her completely remodeled home for the first time. It's a moment even Governor Bill Haslam wouldn't miss!

Friday's reveal is all part of a project called The Labor of Love, a way to say thank you to Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, the twin sisters who co-founded The Love Kitchen. The two have worked tirelessly for East Tennessee for 25 years feeding Knoxville's homeless and homebound.

Over the last month, builders, volunteers and more than 30 businesses have worked around the clock restoring Helen's home. The house has been vacant for the past 11 years while Helen has been living with Ellen..

"I'm blown away at the work that's been done," said Jacoby Yarbro, Helen's grandson.

Helen's home has new siding, shutters and gutters, plus a freshly painted foundation. The ramp along the side of the house has been completely redone. And, inside, every room has been freshly painted with new hardwood floors and new furnishings as well as news kitchen cabinets and countertops.

The entire project has been spearheaded by the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, with Mike Stevens and Doyle Webb taking charge.

While the work on Helen's home is complete, the Labor of Love project is not. Now, builders and volunteers will begin renovating Ellen's home. And, you can help! Monetary donations are needed. To show your support visit The Love Kitchen's website.

Donations of materials and labor have been given by the following companies and people so far:

* 84 Lumber
* ABC Supply Co.
* American Lighting
* Belk
* Bentley Home Inspections and Pest Control
* Bill Seaton, East Tennessee TNLA
* Bootie Butler
* Broadway Carpet
* CFI Insulation
* Charlie & Moll Anderson Family Foundation
* City Electric Supply
* City of Knoxville
* Claiborne Hauling
* Closet Solutions
* Coleman Printing
* Complete Kitchen and Bathes
* Custom Cut Roofing
* David's Carpet
* David's Electric
* Dean Winegardner
* Decorating Den
* Ferguson Enterprises
* Fleenor's Security Systems
* Graphic Creations
* Graybar Electric
* H. Doyle Webb Contractor
* Home Builder's Association of Greater Knoxville
* Homestead Siding and Windows
* JIL Electric Co.
* Knoxville Wholesale Furniture
* Knoxville Concrete
* Mark and Meredith Overholt
* Master Custom Home Remodeling
* Master Dry Basement and Crawl Space Systems
* Mike Stevens Homes, Inc.
* Modern Supply
* Moe's Southwest Grill
* Multi-Media Solutions
* Neal Denton
* Neil Ritter
* Norandex Building Materials
* North Knox Siding and Window
* Obregon Painting
* Patterson Appliances
* Patterson Portable Toilets
* Pella of Tennessee Windows
* Pilot Flying J
* Pioneer Heating and Air
* Pittsburg Paints
* PPG Industries
* R and M Enterprises
* Radius Homes
* Reno Plumbing
* Sears Commercial Sales
* Simply Floor Finishing
* Stokes Electric
* Stuart Rowe Landscaping
* Sunset Painting
* The H.T. Hackney Co.
* Thomas Payne
* Tyron Wells
* True Green Land Care
* UT Construction Services
* Volunteer Drywall
* Vulcan Materials
* White's Marble Works
* Wilson Cleaning

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