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Former Buc Shelton Quarles helps single mom get home makeover

Shelton Quarles, a former linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, puts a coat of paint on the kitchen wall of Leann Farmer’s home in Seffner. Shelton’s foundation and volunteers painted the home, installed appliances, assembled furniture and completed many other tasks as part of the Home Blitz project.

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Shelton Quarles, a former linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, puts a coat of paint on the kitchen wall of Leann Farmer’s home in Seffner. Shelton’s foundation and volunteers painted the home, installed appliances, assembled furniture and completed many other tasks as part of the Home Blitz project.

SEFFNER — Interior designers, furniture movers and contractors took over Leann Farmer's three-bedroom Seffner home Thursday afternoon.

They covered the floor with paint cloths and discussed which light fixtures would look best on the walls.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles moved a few boxes and helped out with the painting.

Since 2005, Quarles' IMPACT Foundation has teamed up with other organizations to provide houses to single parent-families like the one headed by Farmer, who has three children. This year, though, Quarles decided to redo existing homes, making them more energy-efficient and getting companies like Aaron's Furniture and Studio M Interior Design to donate furniture and services.

"I was raised primarily by a single mother and shared a room with my mom until I left for college," Quarles said. "I kind of understand what it means for a kid to have their own room and their own space because I never had that growing up."

Called Home Blitz, the project will renovate two homes this year: Farmer's and another home in Brandon. The families will get to see their refurbished houses in a reveal ceremony on Sunday.

To be considered, the single mothers needed a three-year record of paying the mortgage on their homes and having a steady job. Most single moms were recommended by members of their churches or community, said Anne Nymark, president of the Greater Brandon Community Foundation, which participated in the project this year and helped select the families.

The renovations are valued at $50,000 per home. After the makeovers are finished, the homeowners don't have to pay off their home improvements.

"They move in and enjoy it," Nymark said. "That's all they do."

Hilary Lehman can be reached at hlehman@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2441.

Former Buc Shelton Quarles helps single mom get home makeover 03/18/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 12:24am]
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