Thank you for your continued support as we raise funds to assist the poorest members of our NW Arkansas Communities. Since we met the GlobalGiving Challenge in August we have partnered with the Fuller Center for Housing of North Central Arkansas which covers five of our nine counties including Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Carroll. This like-minded organization has a strong volunteer base that will help stretch funding to its maximum potential. Two grant applications have been submitted requesting a total of $76,000.00 and two more are being written. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $200,000.00 to be spent in the 2012 calendar year and to assist a minimum of fifty families. We have also put the word out that we are seeking a donation of a livable mobile home for the family who lives in the home featured on our project page. It is actually not feasible to repair the home they live in now. I would like to share the original letter this lady sent me requesting assistance. Some details have been removed to protect their privacy.
“Dear Ms. Jo McEntire,
My name is (removed). I am 60 years old and on disability. I really need some help with my house. I have leaks everywhere so bad I had to pull most the carpet up .My floor by the backdoor has rotted through. None of my doors lock, or close properly. I have no running water, no sinks, no showers. If I want a shower I have to go to the campground showers (removed).I have washed my hair many times standing on the porch in below freezing temps only to come into a very cold house of 40degrees in the winter. Today it is 100 degrees in the house in the summer. I have no cook stove because the electric is so bad that it shorted out 2 stoves, and almost caused a fire. None of the ceiling lights work because the wiring is so bad. Our clothes hanging in the back room have mildew on them from the leaks we have had. We have 3 holes where windows belong. Our walls are thin, and rotten. We have to unplug the skillet to use the coffee pot, unplug the coffee pot to use the microwave. Well you get the picture. We hookup a wood stove in the winter, but it doesn't help that much. You wake up and it is below freezing most the time. My daughter is my rock. We both live here. This place is a crumbling shell of a house. We have tried many times to get help, but something always stands in the way. We have signed up for weatherization, only to be turned down because we are in too bad of shape and they could do nothing. Was told that we needed emergency help and he would get in contact with another agency and get back to us. We never heard back from anyone. We had a big freeze, and a lot of deep snow right after that, and lost our electric for a week. We almost froze, but we made it. We were thinking of building an earthbag home because it has great insulation, and is inexpensive to build. They are safe in tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, etc. They are very safe. We have been hauling our water from 16 miles away from a spring in 2&3ltr bottles for 10 years now. We just want to live a normal life with a shower, running water. I want to cook healthy food.”
I think that said it all. Thank you again for your support and please contact me at 870-715-2933 if you know of someone who is willing to donate a livable mobile home for this family.
NW AR RC&D Council, Inc.