Tonawanda News

August 25, 2013

Project HOPE work is done

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A Linwood Avenue, North Tonawanda resident had her home’s exterior painted by a crew of volunteers from Painters Plus after winning the business’s Project HOPE charity contest.

Megan Sholtz, 35, a single mother of three who lives on Linwood Avenue, was chosen after Painters Plus owner Jesse Gooch combed through roughly 20 applications as he considered which Lumber City resident would have their house spruced up.

The annual contest sees one homeowner who’s undergone hardships that have prevented them from doing the job themselves get a helping hand from Gooch’s employees and other volunteers.

Sholtz suffered a spleen infection that twice caused her to slip into a coma. She has since recovered but with the medical bills piling up, Sholtz was unable to pay to have her home painted.

“She got really sick and went to the hospital and came out of the coma both times,” Gooch said. “But the time she was sick really devastated her financially. Fortunately she’s doing a lot better though she had a really tough patch.”

Sholtz is the third recipient of a free home paint job through Project HOPE, which stands for Helping Others Paint Exteriors.