Volunteers paint home of longtime instructor in Englewood

Nonprofit’s program lends help with housing-related services around metro area

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Longtime Englewood resident Marcie Dlin lives in a home adorned with photos of children, her former students over years of teaching piano, vocals and theater. But when the pandemic cut half of her business activity, it became more difficult to take care of that home — one where an aging paint job was allowing its condition to deteriorate.

“This was a godsend,” said Dlin, 64, sitting in her house as volunteers organized by a local nonprofit repainted the home on May 21.

Brothers Redevelopment, a metro Denver-based organization that provides housing and housing-related services, brought its Paint-A-Thon program to Englewood. The program gathers volunteers who paint the outside of homes of older residents with low income or disabilities for free. 

“It would cost our clients a quarter of their yearly income to paint the outside of their (houses),” said Chad Nibbelink, who runs the nonprofit’s volunteer department. That’s an “unfeasible” expense for those the program helps, he added.

The program aims to help people 60 and older on a fixed income to “age in place,” or avoid the need to move due to challenges that arise with aging. To accomplish the painting jobs, the nonprofit calls on volunteers from corporate sources, governments, nonprofits and youth organizations, such as from churches or high schools.

Dlin expressed relief that she wouldn’t have to figure out how to pay for a new paint job herself. The home’s condition “would have kept falling apart” without it, she said.

She felt “extreme gratitude for these guys to swoop in here,” Dlin said. “I usually do most of these things myself as much as I can. I want to be able to keep living here.

“Everyone should have this opportunity,” Dlin added.

Brothers Redevelopment owns and manages 16 communities across the metro area, offering 656 affordable apartments to income-qualified tenants, according to a news release. The nonprofit also provides services through other programs, including Colorado’s housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), and others. Those include home modifications and repair, housing counseling and rental navigation, temporary rental and utility assistance, and landlord recruitment. See more information at brothersredevelopment.org.

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