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Spirit Week: Family ready for ‘a whole new start’ in renovated Augusta County home

David D’Arcy of Spirit Homes leads Addison and father Jeff Cash to see renovations of their home in Fishersville on Monday, June 10, 2024. Photo by Rebecca J. Barnabi.

Spirit Homes‘ Spirit Week 2024 brought community members and volunteers together to make renovations to the Cash family home in Fishersville.

Jeff Cash, 58, became permanently disabled 12 years ago after a heart attack, and the family has struggled. But, on Monday, Cash and daughter, Addison, were ready to start new lives in their renovated home.

“It’s a whole new start,” Jeff Cash, a Wilson Memorial High School graduate, said.

The father of three daughters said he felt “shook up” on the drive Monday to see the house for the first time after renovations.

“It’s amazing. It was a mess to say the least,” Cash said of the condition of the house before renovations. He said the work done by Spirit Homes and volunteers is “unreal.”

Extensive electrical repairs were necessary, including getting electricity to receptacles upstairs which Cash said did not work before.

What stood out to Cash about the repairs were the new floors in the living and dining rooms.

“The floors are amazing,” he said.

Cash said he thinks he will have a “permanent grin, I think, for now” about the renovations and repairs.

The family has four cats and two dogs. Cash said that 12-year-old dog, Leroy, will enjoy the floors the most. “Because he just loves to lay around.”

Jeff Cash’s brother, Doug Cash, had a stroke in February 2024, and will also be living in the Fishersville home while he recovers.

“Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart. I don’t know what else to say,” Jeff Cash, a grandfather of four, said.

Fishersville family’s home to receive renovations, repairs during Spirit Week – Augusta Free Press

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.