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May 1, 2006

Valdosta - Betty Peak's home was built more than 50 years ago, and it's starting to show its age. "I do need to have some work done on my house to keep it from dilapidating," said Peak.

The paint is chipping, wood around the windows is rotting, and the skirting has seen better days. The home needs a facelift, and this summer, that's just what it will get. "I'm very proud, very proud," said Peak. "I couldn't afford these repairs on my own."

In July, Valdosta will host the Southern Hospitality Group Workcamp. Hundreds of teens from across the country will spend a week repairing 50 homes in the community, including Betty's. "These are minor repairs the homeowner can't do themselves because of limited income or disability," said Richard Joyner, Housing Inspector.

The students will also make some much needed safety improvements to Betty's home, like replacing her old, loose handrail. "I can't hardly get up those steps at times, I have problems with my legs and its hard for me to get up those steps," said Peak.

The repairs may be minor, but they all add up and will make Betty's place a safer, more attractive home. "Just the paint alone makes a big difference in the community and the neighborhood," said Joyner.

"I'm very proud to know that someone's thinking of me," said Peak.

The work camp will be held July 9 through 15.

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