Two Glendale police sergeants noticed a local Marine veteran’s home was in desperate need of cleaning and repair. To make it happen, several volunteers turned out.

PHOENIX — Two Glendale police sergeants noticed a local Marine veteran’s home was in desperate need of cleaning and repair.

To make it happen, volunteers from across the Valley turned out.

To put it mildly, Katheryn Baarson, a 67-year-old disabled veteran, needed a helping hand. Pests, trash and general mess overwhelmed her Glendale home.

An artificial grass walk-up, rocked front yard and a new paint job are some of the upgrades in progress.

Boy Scout Vance Cuthbertson is a driving force behind the work. It’s his Eagle Scout project.

“It takes a lot to serve our country, takes a lot to be in the military,” he said. “So when I have a chance to repay them for that by serving them, it’s really a great honor.”

Baarson served as an active-duty Marine through much of the seventies before entering the reserves. She modestly shared a photo of herself in uniform, holding it out to the camera.

“Oh, it’s overwhelming trying to get someone to cut the grass and everything. I used to do it all. I got to the point I couldn’t do it anymore,” she explained.

And now, she doesn’t have to.

(12News), Author: Matt Yurus. “Glendale Veteran’s House Goes from Uninhabitable to a Home.” 12news.Com, 14 Feb. 2021, www.12news.com/article/news/community/news-volunteers-marine-hoarder-home-makeover/75-a85c48cb-104e-44f9-b4c8-039bbcabcc56.