HRM, through our amazing donors and volunteers, helps keep elderly and senior clients safe at home and enables them to age in place. Here are a couple of their stories.
Wendell Willis was in a tough spot.
He only had one month to do what felt impossible.
The citation from Gwinnett County gave him 30 days to make repairs at his Snellville home. And if he didn’t fix it? Officials told this senior citizen he could face $1,000 in fines and even possible jail time.
But making those repairs happen didn't seem doable either.
Linda is very involved in her daughter and grandchildren's lives. She splits the tuition costs with her daughter for her oldest grandchild’s tuition and regularly watches her youngest grandchild, who is an infant. Then serious problems with her home’s siding started. The home, when built, had Louisiana-Pacific (LP) siding, a type of engineered wood that was more or less an industry standard when Linda’s house was built. The problem is, when not painted regularly, it falls apart. This is the scenario Linda was facing. To make matters worse, rodents were getting into the house through the rotted siding. To replace the siding, either her home or her grandchildren were going to have to take priority unless God made a special provision.
With her young grandson a frequent visitor, and her daughter reminding her of the condition of the home and urging her to take action, she knew that she had to do something. Additionally, watching her home deteriorate put Linda in a state of, what she described as, “continual grief”.
Despite all the stress she was feeling, she had a sense that the Lord was Instructing her to “wait” for Him to provide the solution. She did, and HRM donors and volunteers, along with a foundation which provided materials, were instruments of His provision. She gushed, “I was obviously waiting for you. For the Lord to prepare you to be used by Him as my answer to prayer.” In expressing her thanks, Linda added, “Only God can reward you for coming to the aid of His people. For me, this is no small blessing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
When I stop and think about Glenda, sometimes, I wonder how she makes it from one day to the next. She is a senior, abandoned by her husband, who lives alone in a split-level house in Duluth, and is a professing Christian. Her house has had many significant problems, and Glenda herself has struggled with numerous physical ailments, as well as falls. Just recently, she was hospitalized and had surgery for chronic nose bleeds. All of which has contributed to severe financial hardship. In fact, at one point, she had no water or gas at her house, and was using firewood for heat.
It’s not overstating the matter to say that HRM supporters, like you, have helped Glenda stay in her home. Some of the projects we have worked on include:
Insulating between the main floor and crawl space
Re-siding the chimney frame
Patching of several roof leaks
Repairing burst water lines from not having heat in the house
Replacing and enlarging her deck - it was too shallow to allow the storm door to safely open
All of this has been a tremendous relief to Glenda. She is very thankful for HRM and for you, our supporters. In fact, in response to one of the projects, she said, “Thank you for the work your people did on my deck. It was scary to use, caused me several falls, and just rotted out. God sent you, I know.”