Jacksonville couple receives 'Gift of Color'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- One Jacksonville couple saw their lives change in a matter of moments after they returned home from church to a fully engulfed house fire. Ronnie and Rhonda Williams says that day, October 6, 2013, changed their lives forever.

"There were six firetrucks in front of our house," said Ronnie.

The Williams were forced out of the home they bought 34 years ago after smoke damage ruined every piece of furniture they owned.

"We also lost our pets in the fire," said Rhonda. "We had a little cat and a dog...so that was hard...very hard."

Weeks later, the local company, Performance Painting stepped in. Each year, they provide the 'Gift of Color.' which is a $7,500 dollar donated painting service.

Jason Parker is the President of the company. He said, "we like to take advantage of our skills and when we do that, I think it makes everyone really happy."

This year, there is a twist to this 'feel good' story. The winner of the 2014 makeover was Camp I am Special, a Catholic Charities overnight camp for those with disabilities. Representatives from the charity heard about the Williams family and wanted to pass on the makeover, in order to paint some color onto their grim story.

The Associate Director of Catholic Charities Jacksonville is Matt Schmitt. He said, "as soon as we heard about the Williams family and their situation, we knew we wanted to do something."

In turn, Performance Painters decided to take on both projects and a total of 20 employees came out for the day of service.

And, for the Williams family, the work of the volunteers is setting them on the right path to return to the place, that they like to call, home.

"It's good to be home," said Ronnie. "Home is where your family meets, it's not just anything and family is important to us."


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