Volunteers restoring military family's home (PHOTOS)

Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM.

Among other damage, the renters didn't clean the new bathroom fixtures or kitchen, and painted the original natural wood baseboards except behind, where furniture was against the walls.

Window screens were poked with holes and blinds were damaged. An unidentifiable film covers all the walls. Piles of trash were dumped in the garage.

All the walls were scuffed, gouged and poked with holes. A leaking roof wasn't reported, ceiling vents were removed, a ceiling fan was taken down and other fans damaged, and animal waste ruined the carpet.

All the kitchen cabinet doors were removed, the refrigerator was so filthy it had to be discarded, built-in counters were pried loose and moved, and a breakfast counter was torn out entirely.

The Steeles' filed a home insurance claim but an adjuster said the damage was not willful vandalism.


Miriama Devine, a family friend and fellow member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rallied church members and community volunteers to restore the Steeles' home.

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