Diana LeBlond talks to her daughter, Shaina Clarke, 14, Monday afternoon while they paint a mobile home in Salem. The two Salem residents are volunteering there time working for Adorn, a nonprofit organization that gives free help to those in need.

SALEM — The pounding of hammers and whir of generators will drown out the sound of traffic for some residents on Route 28 this week.

The noise is being made by Adorn, a group of about 60 volunteers from eight different parishes in Southern New Hampshire, whose mission is to give back to the community.

For the next three days, those volunteers will provide free help — washing windows, painting trailers and building new stairs for low-income and elderly residents.

Thirty-six homes in Cook’s Mobile Home Park on South Broadway were damaged by the spring flooding. Adorn member Lydia O’Leary, 25, of Salem said some residents didn’t want any help from the group, but about 10 homeowners embraced the group with open arms.

One of those residents is Grace Vachon, 80, who said the help has been nothing short of a miracle.

“When they told me it was free, I just about lost it,” Vachon said. “It’s hard to believe they’re doing all this for free.”

Even as the group prepared her house for a fresh coat of paint Monday night, she was still in shock.

Vachon asked the group to paint her house — for only the second time in the 20 years she’s owned it — and replace stairs damaged by the flooding.

But the group will go beyond those simple requests. The volunteers noticed a pane of glass missing from Vachon’s front door and insisted on replacing it for her.

Vachon said it shattered about two years ago and she has had it covered with duct tape ever since, unable to afford a replacement.

“I can’t believe it,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this generosity.”

O’Leary said she and her husband Jim started the group in the hopes of getting parishioners from several churches to “give back to the community, outside of the church walls.”

In December, they organized volunteers from several different churches. By April, they had called the town’s human services office and were told that the residents of Cook’s Mobile Home Park needed the most help.

But because the group was new, Alice and Arthur Cook, who have owned the park for 10 years, didn’t accept the group’s help right away.

When O’Leary first called the couple, Alice Cook said, “No, thank you,” and hung up.

Now Cook laughs, thinking of how O’Leary called back right away and told her the help would be free.

“I thought it was too far-fetched,” she said. “But she made an appointment, so I heard her out.”

When they met, it didn’t take the Cooks long to realize the group was legitimate.

“Well, then I saw what a neat idea it was and I just started crying,” she said. “Because my husband and I have done everything by ourselves for so long.”

The Cooks own about one-third of the homes in the park, and have spent much of their time and money fixing up the homes that were damaged by flooding. This week, as others do the work, they couldn’t help but join in.

Alice Cook spends her evenings outside chatting with the volunteers, while her husband drives a golf cart from one side of the park to another, delivering supplies.

Those supplies — from saws to hornet and wasp killer, were almost all donated by businesses and individuals. O’Leary said even the town of Salem chipped in by waiving the permit fees for the group to build several new sets of stairs for park residents.

“Everything else is coming from the church account, but what we need we will pay for,” O’Leary said. “Convincing them to help was half the battle. When you’re new, no one knows what to do or how much to offer.”

But this group is determined to prove it’s dedicated and will stick around until this project is done, and others are lined up.

“We’re going to find what need is not being met yet and try to get as many people to work together to fill that need again,” O’Leary said.

When the sun begins to set, the volunteers gather at a group of picnic tables to share dinner, cooked by church volunteers. But after half an hour, the group abandons the tables and climbs back up ladders or crawls back underneath stairs and gets to work.

Adorn will continue to work from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Saturday morning, when the volunteers and the residents will celebrate the project with a barbecue at the park.

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