Four happy fellas relax after a recent A Brush with Kindness project is finished, well before ice and snow arrived. Dave, the Greenport resident whose deck and its cover needed minor but essential repairs, is pictured second from right, surrounded by veteran Habitat volunteers Richard, Bob and Lew.  The work was needed to make sure that Dave’s wife Marian, who uses a wheelchair, has safe and dry access into and out of their mobile home.

Habitat launched A Brush with Kindness in 2016.  The program makes modest exterior repairs or accessibility improvements that take two or three days to complete and allow Columbia County seniors to stay safely in their own homes. Dave and Marian’s job was the fourth of six A Brush with Kindness projects scheduled for this year.