SOUTHINGTON - Volunteers with House of Heroes will converge upon the home of Wayne Catucci, who served in Asia with the U.S. Marines from 1980 to 1984, to help with much needed housework Saturday.
House of Heroes is a national service organization that provides no-cost home repairs to military and public safety veterans and their surviving spouses who are either disabled, living on a fixed income or facing physical or financial challenges. The project to fix up Catucci’s home on Spring Lake Road is being supported by the Southington Rotary Club and the Southington American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
Dennis Buden, executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of House of Heroes since January, said that Catucci’s wife, Connie, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair-bound. Cattuci, meanwhile, works a 10 to 12 hour day as a driver for Guidas. These responsibilities have prevented him from being able to get house repairs done.
He has a room in his home that he has wanted to renovate for the past several years but he has been unable to do it on his own, said Buden. “We will be having 15 to 20 volunteers going over there to help him out.”
The project work will include wood flooring, window repairs, painting, handicap ramp installation, widening of doorways (for wheelchair access), installation of smoke/CO detectors and outdoor yard work (leaf removal, pruning, excavation of the parking area, cleaning gutters, mulching/beautification).
Buden noted that the Southington Rotary Club had raised $5,000 to support House of Heroes with a Mardi Gras party at Tavern 42 and that the Southington American Legion Women’s Auxiliary had also held a fundraiser for them in April.
The Southington American Legion Women’s Auxiliary had recommended that Catucci reach out to House of Heroes.
The Connecticut Chapter of House of Heroes was founded in 2012 and, as of May 2017, they have served 74 Connecticut veterans and their spouses.
“We currently have a waiting list of about 60 people,” Buden noted.
In addition to assisting Catucci, the state chapter of House of Heroes will also be helping out John “Jack” Palin of New Britain, a Vietnam veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, Saturday.
For more information about House of Heroes, visit hohct.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.