Magdy and Rasha Atya and their two young children live in the Manassas Park townhouse they purchased five years ago. Magdy works a full-time and a part-time job to support his family and Rasha cares for their children.

Natives of Egypt, the turmoil in their home country has taken a huge toll on their family support system. Rasha’s mother, who had been caring for the children while Rasha worked, returned to Egypt to support other family members.

During eight work days, 24 volunteers put in 190 hours of labor to replace all of the Atya’s windows, which were falling out of their framing, with Energy Star windows; replace the ineffecient HVAC system; repair the unstable deck, gutters and downspouts, front screen door, and back sliding glass door; and weatherize the home to help trim the Atya’s utility costs.

Special thanks to EXIT Realty for sponsoring this project.