Yamhill Carlton Middle School Custodian Wins Ugly Kitchen Contest, Earning a Free $10,000 Remodel From Three Portland Businesses

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When Patricia Howard, a school custodian at Yamhill Carlton middle school heard about a recent Ugly Kitchen Contest at Portland’s Home & Garden Expo Center co-sponsored by three Portland area businesses, she knew she had to enter.

Working hard and taking care of others for many years resulted in a kitchen that just was in desperate need of an update . She had also lost her husband five years ago so it was hard for her to do repairs on her own. Her oven hadn’t worked for the past three years and she had been cooking on a hot plate, in the toaster oven or in the microwave. Her bathroom had just been remodeled with the kind help from neighbor and friend Bob Nufer, a local business owner of Misty Mountain Mushrooms. He recently had hired local contractor Bill LaRue for her to fix the sinking bathroom floor. He also took her under his wing and set up a meeting at a bank to review the possibility of a home loan for her to help complete the updates. The application hit road blocks because of the lack of credit in her name and continues to be explored.