When a Richmond special needs educator and single mother Debra Greene discovered she had sewer and septic issues, she did not know where to turn. With three children and a constantly rising cost of living, Debra had to choose between a costly home repair and providing essentials for her family. As time went on, the problem continued to worsen. After seeing the Michael & Son Services program “Helping Hands” Debra sent a letter directly to Basim Manour, Proud Son of Michael & Son Services and hoped for the best.
“When I received Debra’s letter it immediately struck a chord with me” said Basim Manour. “Following the death of my father, my mother raised us as a single mother. I know the struggles and hardships single mothers faces; I was happy to help take part of the burden off her shoulders” continued Mansour.
Michael & Son Services stepped in and provided all repairs to the Greene family free of charge. The repairs, which totaled over $7,000, used heavy machinery and a crew of workers to compete the work over the course of two days. Following the repairs, an elated Mrs. Greene had a working sewer system and a large burden off her shoulders.
Michael & Son Services established their not for profit “Cares” charitable program in October of 2010 which assists community members during their time of need. To date the project has helped over 15 local families and in the process won them the Washington Business Journal’s regional Jefferson Award recognizing philanthropic efforts. In addition to their community based program, Michael & Son actively sponsors Dreams for Kids, Salt Water Soldiers and the Police Unity Tour chapter IV.