Making a difference

On April 30, I found myself painting an upstairs room of an elderly woman’s home in a western neighborhood of Chicago, chatting with her granddaughter (slinging another paintbrush beside me) about her freshman year at college. I had come with the Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE as part of National Rebuilding Day. We were there as part of Rebuilding Together, an organization that provides critical home repairs and improvements for low-income homeowners. Our team was a Whitman’s Sampler box of engineers, contractors, and skilled tradespeople, and we were doing just about every home-improvement project imaginable, from sanding cabinets to rewiring lights.