Austin Man Surprised With Home Renovation

Logan Reigstad
Updated: February 07, 2020 04:38 PM
Created: March 30, 2018 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- For four years, the only source of running water in Dan Johnson's Austin home was from a bathroom sink. This week, that all changed.

"(I've) been just trying to save up money, get a loan or different things, I just couldn't make it meet," he said.

His sister Mary nominated him for a bathroom renovation from T'NG Plumbing in Dexter, which has for the past five years provided home remodels for those in need through its "Pay it Forward" program.

"I had heard about this program and kind of looked into it a little bit and I knew he needed some plumbing and I thought 'What the heck, I'll just send an email,'" Mary said.

Gina Grundmeier, with T'NG and a founder of Pay it Forward, said something about Dan's story stood out to her, and she knew they had to help.

"I guess I liked Dan's story because he's just your average blue-collar working guy... but he only had water in his bathroom sink," she said.

To Dan's surprise, the volunteers made their fifth project extra special by also remodeling his kitchen and installing a new furnace and water heater. In total, Grundmeier estimates the project would have cost $55,000 or more.

Dan was "kicked out" of his house on Monday, and dozens of volunteers spent the next five days on everything from plumbing to painting. On Friday evening, he saw their work first-hand live on ABC 6 News.

"Nervous, excited and not knowing what was going to happen when you get home. I knew it was going to be really good though," he said. "It's definitely prayers that have been answered, a real Godsend to have a nice house after not having anything for so long."


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