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Mitchellville Family Gets Helping Hand

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Bob Overlin learned the hard way that if you’re going to make a gentleman’s agreement, you better make sure you’re dealing with gentleman.

“This is part of what was supposed to be the remodel and addition,” said Overlin.

With a family of nine, Overlin made a no-contract agreement with a friend of a friend to add on to his Mitchellville home.

His $15,000 investment got him a big headache.

“I’ve got the roof trusses out here and a lot of the old construction out here.”

Overlin shared his story with us earlier this week. It caught the attention of someone who does business the right way.

“We’ve been around for several years. We do remodels and additions,” said Greg Schuldt, owner of Authentic Services Inc., a contracting company out of Des Moines.

Before this week, Schuldt had never met the Overlin family. Now he and about a dozen employees are doing the addition to the Overlin’s home free of charge.

“You help each other out. You help your neighbor,” said Schuldt.

“I was blown away,” Overlin told Channel 13 News.

In a matter of hours, the crew of volunteers including our very own Aaron Brilbeck knocked down hours of shoddy work.

That’s step one.

Completing the addition will require donations for materials and help from a licensed electrician and plumber.

“We’re giving up our time and money. We’re asking for help also,” said Schuldt.

Unlike the original contractors, Schuldt and ASI plan on being in Mitchellville until the work is done.

When it is, the Overlins will have a home all nine of them can be comfortable in.

“I’m thankful we got the attention we need on it,” said Overlin.


If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost of the material, please visit the link below.


If you would like to volunteer your time or services, please contact Aaron Brilbeck at 515-240-7696 or email him at aaron.brilbeck@whotv.com.

1 Comment

  • Justice

    I hope the IRS keeps their noses out of this and doesn’t sock them with taxes on the donations. That would be B.S.

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