The last six months have not been easy for Stamford's Vito Bova. First, his wife passed away in November.
"We did what doctors and nurses do: we took care of her like she was in a facility," he says. "We did the best we could."
Then Hurricane Sandy did a number on his Coolidge Avenue home.
"We had a porch on the side," he says. "[The storm] knocked a tree down halfway through [the porch]. It was in real bad shape."
But on Saturday Bova's house got some much needed care from the community.
Volunteers from GE Capital put Bova's house back in order.
"It was unstable and it was a mess," says GE Capital employee and volunteer Jim Wenning. "We tore the porch off, we're putting railings on it and it will be a deck."
The volunteers were acting on behalf of Homefront, a non-profit that sent volunteer crews to 19 other projects around the state Saturday.
The project was funded by Stamford's Americares and it's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
"[We said] 'Whatever you want to do, we're comfortable with.' And you see where they are," Bova says. "They're doing a fantastic job."
"A lot of us have kids at home playing sports that we're missing out on, you're giving a bit of a personal sacrifice," Wenning says. "But we all know it's for a great cause."
For Americares, Saturday was the first of several days it will spend repairing local homes struck by Sandy.
"We can't express -- what can you say?" says Bova. "It's changing my life, when it comes down to it. I can sleep at night better."