Impact Project repairs Mary's home

By Erika Mahoney

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The sound of spinning drills and heavy hammers echoed through what is usually a quiet neighborhood in Johnson City.

The Impact Project, which repairs homes for elderly and low income families at no cost to them, is breathing life into a widowed mom's home.

"I feel great when we help people, but I'm also humbled at the same time," Impact Project Director James Willard said.

Mary Pratt, 61, has been living at 1416 Oakdale Road since 1983. The old home took a hit when the flood of 2011 drowned the Twin Tiers.

The widowed mom, who has battled lung cancer for two years, said it's hard to keep up.

But with every hammer, her humble home gets stronger. And Mary's hope gets bigger.

"It's going to take a lot of stress off me, and I'm just grateful," Pratt said.

The volunteers are giving Mary a new electrical system, a new plumbing system, and remodeling her bathroom.

The gift to Mary is a milestone for the Impact Project.

"This is the big 6-0 for us," Willard said. "This is huge. You start off with an idea and you say okay, we're going to help one family, and now I stand before you, this is our 60th homeowner in nine years."

Over those nine years, more than 300 volunteers pitched in. That's 2,600 hands fixing, repairing and giving to people like Mary.

The organization already has three more homes lined up to repair.

For more on The Impact Project, click here.