Cowtown Brush Up

October 9th, 2017

Oct. 9, 2017 — Bettye Butcher hopes to live out her life in the wood-frame bungalow she’s called home for most of her 79 years. Her odds got better with home improvements provided by the City of Fort Worth, Trinity Habitat for Humanity and volunteers from JPS, who descended on Mrs. Butcher’s home to paint during the city’s annual Cowtown Brush Up.

Homeowner Bettye Butcher shares a hug

Homeowner Bettye Butcher shares a hug with JPS senior executives Wanda Peebles, Tricia Elliot and Karen Duncan, house-painters for a day during Cowtown Brush Up.

JPS volunteers — one team from Administration, another from the Emergency Medicine Residency — painted two homes in East Fort Worth on Saturday.

“It’s beautiful!” Mrs. Butcher exclaimed after emerging through her front door as paint-splattered senior executives wrapped up on Burson Avenue, rinsing brushes and bagging up supplies. “My, I don’t know what to do! I so appreciate it.”

Mrs. Butcher said she and her late husband, Napoleon, worked hard to become homeowners in 1963, working during the day and cleaning buildings at night. They raised seven children in their home, which 54 years ago cost $6,400.

“I want to be here ‘til the Lord calls me home,” she said. “I do what I can. I’m active. I drive myself.” And she gets regular preventative care at JPS, her family’s healthcare provider for more than 50 years.

With her home falling into disrepair that she couldn’t afford to address, Mrs. Butcher applied for city assistance. Hers was among more than 30 homes chosen to undergo repairs, capped by painting during Cowtown Brush Up.

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