Repairs Boost More Than Property Values

By Maggie Vespa

August 14, 2010 Updated Aug 14, 2010 at 9:49 PM CDT

Teresa Langan has a long history in Peoria's East Bluff.

"Since 1987," she responded when asked how long she'd lived in her Central Avenue house.

While she loves her older home, she admits it requires some upkeep.

So, a few years ago, Langan asked for some help, and she got it.

"Um, they actually painted my whole house and the garage, and then they've also gone up and caulked my shower, um, put in some plaster wherever it needs. So pretty much just little odds and ends," she said.

Odds and ends that, Langan says, add up to a lot.

But that's no problem, according to these people.

After all they say, that's what they're here for, and have been for seven years.

"As a volunteer we just kind of show up and they have us in the assignments so, they tell us pretty much what our jobs are," said volunteer Stephanie Arthalony.

The group working on Langan's home represented just a few of the 60 volunteers participating in Saturday's seventh annual 'Operation Inasmuch.'

Organized by members of Peoria's Glen Oak Christian Church, the event focuses on keeping the neighborhood looking and feeling good as new.

Volunteers from 'Operation Inasmuch' worked on 16 properties total across Peoria's East Bluff, doing everything they can within eight hours, whether it be yard work, painting or roofing.

"We're trying to divy it up so that we can get as many things done possible in the time-frame that we have," said Arthalony.

Good news to homeowners like Langan, who says, as a historically violent summer for the city of Peoria draws to a close, it's more important than ever to keep neighborhoods and spirits up.

"We have great neighbors around here. Everybody watches everybody's back. So it's a real quiet neighborhood around here, and we'd like to keep it that way," she said.

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