NW AR RC&D has exhausted all funds available for the Low Income Home Repair program and is choosing to concentrate our efforts in other areas at this time. Thanks to you, our donors, we were able to leverage other funds and complete 16 projects in partnership with Rebuilding Together of NW Arkansas in Washington and Benton Counties utilizing 5,629 volunteer hours. We also partnered with the Fuller Center for Housing and helped them with the expense of moving a donated house for a low income recipient in Boone County. A grandmother in Carroll County raising three grandchildren on a fixed income has running water because of your contribution to repairing her well. May you be greatly blessed because of your generosity.
In June we received a call from a grandmother in Carroll County who was raising three granchildren alone on a fixed income. The problem was that their well pump needed a repair and they had no water. This repair cost over $2,500.00 which might as well have been a million since they had no resources to pay for the repair. Thanks to your past donations we were able to get this family something that most of us take for granted "water".
This repair officially exhausted the funds we had available for this program at this time.Your partnership means everything to to those who are in desparate need. We will continue this program as more funds become available.
In April we assisted a single working mother of four who is also supplying a home for her mother and grandmother. The client supports seven people working as a secretary in a Washington County AR school.
When I was first introduced by one of our partner organization’s executive director she broke down in tears just completely overwhelmed with the generosity of all the partners who had been involved with her rehabilitation. As we walked through her kitchen, which was in the process of being rebuilt, she explained to me that she had returned home from work one day to a lake in her kitchen where pipes had busted. The water ruined all the cabinets and the floor. She had managed to save enough money to repair the floor but had lived without a fully functioning kitchen for a long time. She had also repaired a leaky roof but did not have money to repair the interior damage caused by the leak. The client was resourceful and had collected old doors that people had thrown out to created walls in a covered porch to use as a laundry facility. The porch had extensive damage and needed to be replaced with a real laundry room. This hard working lady and her children worked alongside volunteers until all the repairs were complete only stopping long enough to wipe away the many tears of gratefulness.
When NW AR RC&D first began the Low Income Home Repair program it was thought that the average repair per client would be in the $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 range if volunteers were used for most of the labor. The reality has been that most of the people who apply for assistance are living in places that are so dilapidated that some of them are not repairable. The program simply does not have enough resources to fill the massive need. We have managed to stretch everyone’s resources much farther by partnering with others. It truly takes a community to make things happen.
This story starts with the donation of a home by Ozark Opportunities. The home needed to be moved to make room for new head start classrooms. In the meantime a lady living in an uninhabitable place with no kitchen and serious heating issues visits with her pastor for advice about her living situation. Simultaneously The Fuller Center for Housing is looking for a client in need of a home and asks their board members to contact people in the community in search of a needy client. In less than twenty four hours after the lady talks with her pastor a board member approaches the pastor. At this point there is a home and a client. A place to put the home is needed. The lady tells the board there is lot with a burned trailer within walking distance of her church. The board had already made an offer on the exact property. The pastor had a church member with a construction company that removed the burned trailer in a day. Now this is where you come in. The donated house needs a few repairs and needs to be moved at a cost of approximately $25,000.00. We were able to donate 10% of that cost because of you our partners through global giving!
After John suffered a stroke Sharon had to refocus her life to be at home with John. John’s current health status has made maintaining the exterior of their home a challenge.Their home had a back deck that was failing and a need for a ramp so that John could safely exit their home and enter their vehicle. NW AR RC&D along with several other partners replaced the deck built a ramp, replaced siding along the bottom of the home along with rotting soffit. We painted the entire exterior of the house, carport and outbuilding.
It is only because of partners like you that John & Sharon were able to get the asssitance thay needed. Thank you so much for your continued support.
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