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Zions Bank helps veteran

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

Zions Bank employees stepped out of the office earlier this month to become home renovators for a Heber City man. The service project was part of the company’s 23rd annual Paint-a-Thon.

The recipient of the restoration was John Barr, a veteran and cancer survivor who suffers from diabetes. Nathan Eaton, Manager of Zions Bank in Heber City and Team Captain of the Paint-a-Thon, found John’s home, knocked on his door, and told him he wanted his home to be the site for the service project.

"We had a conversation with him [John] and determined his home would be the one," Eaton said. "It was obvious it needed quite a bit more than paint."

Barr, who admitted he was "a little leery at first" about the idea of a home renovation, described his house’s condition before the project.

"Before it looked like it was ready for demolition," Barr said.

Not only did Zions Bank employees and their families apply a fresh coat of paint to the outside of Barr’s home, they also helped with landscaping and revamping his garden area and engaging in other home repair.

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Numerous Summit County businesses helped by installing a new roof, siding and windows, as well as other improvements. Businesses donating materials and labor to the effort included: Scot Lythgoe Construction, JBL Exteriors, Bellows Glass, Pro Build, Do It Best Hardware, Creative Living Construction, Home Depot, Timberline and Altitude Rental.

Scot Lythgoe Construction even had wood custom milled to fit with the siding that was already on the house, Eaton said. Barr was so pleased with the job that was done that he said he got teary-eyed at times.

"I don’t think if a regular contractor came out and did it they could have done it any better," Barr said. "I’m totally in awe with them all."

Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon, which was launched in 1991, is employing more than 3,500 volunteers in painting 50 homes in Idaho and Utah this month. The average age of this year’s homeowner is 76, with an average monthly income of $1,524, according to a press release from Zions Bank.

Eaton, who has worked with other banks in the past, spoke to Zions’ commitment to their community.

"I’ve worked for a couple of other banks. In comparison, I’ve honestly never seen a company that cares as much about the community as Zions," Eaton said.

Barr, who Eaton says is "a gentleman who lives off the ground," immediately took advantage of the renovations to his garden by planting some corn and beans. He also had some lettuce pop up this summer.

"I’m extremely happy with what they did," Barr said. "They seemed like they were working on their own house."

Eaton is proud that he could be part of an experience like this and reflected on the rewards that came with the project.

"The most satisfying part of doing a project like this is, for me, almost seeing a reset button get hit with the person that we’re actually helping," Eaton said.

In addition to painting, Zions also helps homeowners in their projects with yard clean-up, pruning, mowing, planting and minor repairs. The bank provides the costs for all paint and supplies.

For more information on Zions Bank and their Paint-a-Thon service projects, visit http://www.zionsbank.com.

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