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Four lucky senior citizens get free home repairs

CHICAGO – June 25, 2024. Saturday, June 29, is designated as “The day back,” a day of providing free home repairs to four senior citizens in Chicago’s Chatham and Auburn Gresham communities.

The brainchild of Black Expo Community Development CEO Suzanne Stantley, whose Building Better Futures gun violence prevention program will use the skills of 20 people who have completed their construction and job training program to help low-income homeowners to make repairs to help restore various areas of their homes.

Building Better Futures (BBF) is a program that provides a path to a better life for people whose lives have been negatively affected by gun violence. Working in collaboration with community partners and government agencies, BBF connects victims or survivors with a range of services such as mental health counseling, funeral, food, clothing, housing and other support services to help them and their families to recover.

The program is unique in the way it offers 18- to 40-year-olds in Chatham and Auburn-Gresham a multi-faceted, multi-week training program in some very specialized construction areas. “Give Back Day allows us to showcase what participants learned in the construction training phase of the program, providing home repairs for seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford them,” says Stantley.

Under the supervision of construction companies Allstate Concrete and Glasstek, who served as their instructors, BBF participants will perform life safety repairs, painting, basic porch repairs, replacement of broken glass and more.

“By helping to alleviate violence, we help make communities more livable, and Give Back Day also helps make seniors’ homes more livable,” says Stantley.

The four recipients will also receive another gift for being the winners of this contest: a gift basket full of home essentials that will be on hand, a teapot, a throw, a tool kit, a festive door wreath and more. “We want the seniors who are winners to know that our organization and the men and women who will make the repairs and the construction business owners who will guide the repairs care and appreciate them. Life can deal a tragic blow to so many who find themselves unable to manage basic repairs to their homes. We hope that the assistance provided will make life a little more pleasant and a little easier for the seniors who won,” Stantley said. “And we’re excited that the BBF participants will also be graduating at the end of the month.”

For more information, visit Buildingbetterfutures.us.

About Black Expo Community Development Inc.


Black Expo Community Development is a 501(c)3 organization focused on education, training, community outreach and crime victim services.

Founder and CEO Suzanne Stantley, an MBA professional with over forty years of experience in marketing and communications, co-founded and served as CEO of the highly successful National Black Expo, a consumer trade show that ran for twelve years in Chicago and other cities. until 2002.

A proven leader in business development, community engagement and collaboration, Stantley continues to be a vocal advocate for inclusion to open the doors of opportunity to all who are ready to rise to the challenge and seek partnerships and alliances to solve problems. She was recently invited to the White House with 49 other small business owners from across the country to learn more about the Biden administration’s efforts to support small businesses and county communities, and was a guest on Yahoo! Finance where he discussed the visit.