Community organizations partner to repair Cheyenne disabled veteran’s home

A volunteer from Chase Bank saws off a tree branch in Gerry Sims backyard Friday morning.
A volunteer from Chase Bank saws off a tree branch in Gerry Sims backyard Friday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: May. 21, 2021 at 6:22 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 6:24 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The sounds of raking leaves, breaking branches and painting will be heard from Gerry Sims’ house until at least Saturday evening. Sims is a 62-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, double amputee and long time Cheyenne resident. The project is part of Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County’s “Repairs Program,” which is focusing on veterans this year.

“Habitat’s repairs program helps elderly, disabled, low income folks in Cheyenne and Laramie County, make repairs on their homes that they can’t otherwise afford to do,” said Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County’s Repairs Program Coordinator, Patricia McIlwain.

McIlwain said projects like these, are what Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County is all about.

“It means everything to us. These guys own their home, they’ve invested in their home for years and years and years. Many of them have paid off their mortgage, they’ve raised their kids, and they just want to stay in their home and that has been our focus since we started the repairs program.”

This isn’t just Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County though, Chase Bank had volunteers helping, Garbage Guys Inc helped in the dumpster category, Sherwin-Williams donated five pounds of paint and more community individuals will be volunteering on Saturday.

“Cheyenne is the most wonderful community for finding volunteers. All I have to do is put the word out and I have lots of folks who want to come out and help. Businesses, organizations, civic clubs, individuals all the time,” said McIlwain.

For Mr. Sims, he’s looking forward to the finished project and appreciates all that’s being done for him.

“I know it’s going to be awesome, it’s going to look great. I appreciate it, this is a great organization, it’s fine, it’s very lovely,” said Sims.

The Chase Bank volunteers helped out on Friday. On Saturday more volunteers and a couple local airmen will complete the project.

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