AUSTIN -- Pulling up the carpet was just the beginning of work done at Roy Morgan's home on East 4th Street. It was one of three veterans' homes getting repairs on MLK Day by volunteers.
"My floors were about to cave in," said an emotional Morgan, touched by the work to transform his home.
Morgan was a marine who is now confined to a wheelchair due to complications with multiple sclerosis.
The project was Courtney Bailey's idea. Bailey is with Austin's Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America, or CADCA and this was her project as a first year VetCorps prevention coordinator at the Samaritan Counseling Center.
Bailey contacted Home Depot and other volunteers to do the work, as well as the company Maids Serving Austin, who cleaned each home.
"We aim to bring people together and improve the quality of life for veterans," Bailey said.
The work at the three veterans homes is an effort to transform the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. into actual community action.
Volunteers painted and repaired a leaking ceiling at a home on Hergotz Lane. Work was also done for a veteran on Juniper Street.
For Morgan, hardwood floors were installed to make it easier to get around in his wheelchair.
The recipients of the day's work were nominated by the Austin community.
CADCA hopes to include more recipients and community involvement in the future.
The King Center: http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king
On Being a Good Neighbor: http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/theme/4865
In King's "Drum Major Instinct"sermon, he said "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."