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Paying it forward

Joe Anson of Steel Curtain Construction helps a family in need

“I’ve been here for seven years and I wanted to do something for people in the community.”

Joe Anson, owner of Steel Curtain Construction decided it was time for him to give back to the community of Creston.

It didn’t take long for Anson to gather ideas on what he should do. After posting on Facebook of his intent on July 21, Anson found anywhere between 15 and 20 suggestions of people scattered throughout the community that others thought could use a helping hand.

After researching the nominations that were added to his post, Anson found a story that fit with what he was looking to do, and has since been making improvements to the exteriori of the couple’s house.

“It’s an elderly couple who has Alzheimer’s and the wife tries to do everything around the house, plus take care of him and the story just kind of hit me,” said Anson.

Anson picked the couple, John and Jean Raddatz, on Sept. 1.

The project is already underway as Anson, his employees, and the couple in the house have helped remove weeds and repair some of the masonite siding on the house.

“We had to replace a lot more siding than we anticipated at first. But, we got it all replaced,” said Anson.

Anson is waiting for a dry day so he can apply a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the home.

The house, which is located near Reflections Hair Salon, is just the first project of this kind that Anson anticipates doing for the community.

His goal is to do a reconstruction project of similar nature every year.

“Whether it’s house painting or remodeling someone’s bathroom. Not remodeling the kitchen or nothing, but we want to do something for somebody,” said Anson.

Anson is hoping to continue these projects for a veteran, the elderly or just simply someone in need.

The extra sets of hands Anson has helping him is not lost on him either.

“The guys that are helping with their time, the family has been involved helping do it,” said Anson. “My guys have been helping us so it’s something I can’t do by myself. Definitely got to have the crew and the family there to help.”

While this is the first project of its kind, Anson is no stranger to using his methods to help others. He has previously donated portions of his revenue from past projects to hurricane relief and the red cross.

Steel Curtain Construction can be found at 1006 W. Jefferson St. or online on Facebook at Steel Curtain Construction and Design.

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