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Homeowner Debbie Hall points out her son Ryan’s name Thursday on a retaining wall which needs to be replaced. Hall will receive help from a new program called A Brush with Kindness which is designed to help low-income homeowners with repair projects.

Homeowner Debbie Hall points out her son Ryan’s name Thursday on a retaining wall which needs to be replaced. Hall will receive help from a new program called A Brush with Kindness which is designed to help low-income homeowners with repair projects. Photo by Kelley McCall.

When River City Habitat for Humanity volunteers poured the finishing cap onto the aging retaining wall, Debbie Hall’s kindergarten-aged son wrote his name in the wet concrete.

Fifteen years later, Hall's home on Walsh Street, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, remains in great condition, but the retaining wall is crumbling, leaning and soon to be a hazard. That made her the perfect pilot project for the local Habitat chapter’s new program, A Brush With Kindness, which begins a two-week fundraising campaign Monday.

Many working families on low or fixed incomes who own their own homes may have ....

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