One lifelong Westchester woman will soon return to a newly refurbished home, courtesy of the work by local volunteers and contractors.

Having begun the project Jan. 22, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Westchester and the local community are working to paint and landscape the home of resident Gloria Dresser. A spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles said the organization also offered to help.

During the weeklong project, Dresser and her daughter, Ariel, have been treated to a Hawaiian vacation. Thanks to major contributions from the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, the Westchester Woman’s Club, the Westchester Rotary Foundation and many others, Gloria will return home to new paint, new flooring, new landscaping, a new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, new furniture and some other surprises.

“We are hopeful this project will inspire others like it in our community,” said Rotary President Ted Grose. “In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often fail to realize how fortunate we all are, so it will be a privilege to help Gloria make her home warm, comfortable and livable again.”

Despite having cerebral palsy, Dresser was an honor student and graduated from Westchester High. She majored in psychology and childhood development in college and used this knowledge in her work life, including special education of autistic children, event spokesperson Geoff Maleman said.

Unfortunately, her working career ended when she was diagnosed with advanced cancer and the radiation treatments rendered her unable to work, Maleman said. Once vibrant and active, she now has difficulty getting around and caring for her animals, he added.

Event organizers note how the Dresser home on Dunfield Avenue has suffered, most notably with a gaping hole in the roof that Gloria has been unable to get fixed for nearly 10 years. With Dresser unable to do the work required to keep up the house and unable to find the funds to pay for home improvements after paying for medical bills, community volunteers have been busy giving the home a makeover.

Work on the home at 7607 Dunfield Ave., in Westchester will continue during daylight hours until the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 30, when the Dressers will return to their newly improved home.

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