In 2011, we were introduced to Richard Denman. At the time we met Richard, he had fostered more than sixty children in his home throughout the years. Rich dedicated his life to his foster children, adopting one of them and keeping in touch with many of them. He even unofficially took in a teenager and paid for his ticket to prom, limo rental and tux rental. After a fire in his garage significantly damaged the adjacent kitchen, Rich contacted contractors recommended by his insurance company. After two of them did not complete the project, Rich had very little money left from his insurance payout. He resigned himself to living with a gutted kitchen - no sink (he did dishes in the basement laundry sink or used paper), a leaky gas stove, refrigerator and a makeshift countertop constructed of construction horses and plywood.
Rich’s UPS delivery driver became friends with Rich and, after seeing the status of Rich’s kitchen, contacted NARI of Greater Chicagoland’s NARI to the Rescue program to see if we could help. NARI to the Rescue jumped at the chance to help Rich. NARIGC Members secured the donation of building materials and volunteered hours of labor and time completely remodeling Rich’s kitchen