A Unbelievable Journey

A Unbelievable Journey

From Michelle Castile

My home has been severely damaged by a state funded program I qualified for. Thus program refuses to take responsibility for their mistakes. This story is one unlike any other you may have heard before. Stay tuned.......

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3 months ago

Hello,

This situation is quite a complex one and is 2 years and still on going, with very little hope left of a conclusion, let alone any justice to be obtained. Here is my story:

These issues began nearly two full years ago and has led to a very, very long journey that I am very ready to bring to a close. Or at least turn my fight over to someone whom will fight for me instead so I do not have to anymore on my own. I have saved every single email, document, estimates, even emails that I have sent to many, many different organizations and companies trying to obtain any help that was out there and available to me. It took me 8 months to diagnose what the problem even was, where it came from, and why it happened. Several different factors play into this. Due to a weatherization program placing 17 inches of loose fill blown in cellulose insulation into my attic that has plugged up the baffles and soffits for air flow, a bathfan that was not installed correctly, as well as a gas powered water heater that has been backdrafting for what appears to be a year, my home has been ruined in the process. Having a tight, modular home, no air flow in the attic, ventilation that does not work correctly, moisture build up, and severe negative air pressure are all the causes of what has happened here. I now have what's known as a particulate and vapor matter that have completely destroyed my home, every item that is fabric, and then some. Carpeting is so very full, upon vacuming I frequently compare this to vacuming a beach...in every single room. These particulates, or VOC'S, have come from that very dusty insulation, humidity due to all of the moisture building up, as well as chemicals reacting such as CO2 from the water heater exhaust not being properly ventilated. All of this in a tight home with negative air pressure from the addition of another appliance pushing air out without bringing enough back in, are also factors that have caused such a disaster and what has been my nightmare for a full year. A thick smog is very visible upon taking videos with my phone near the floor, coming out every crack and crevice. Contacting numerous contractors, experts, environmental specialists, ect. all throughout the year has shown me both how awful people can be, as well as how kind people can be. Although, most took quite advantage of what appeared to be a single mother begging for answers with checkbook in hand. For months I paid for so many different specialists to come here to diagnose these issues, yet I received nothing in return. I researched this constantly, and still do to this very day. My own constant researching and investigating is what had given me most of the answers at the end of the day. Between my doing that, as well as everyone I have received insight from wheather it was over the phone or in person, the answers have become quite clear.

I did have a lawyer I was referred to upon contacting legal aid. He was extremely kind and listened to my entire story. He then offered his services pro bono, which I had only dreamed of happening. We stayed in touch throughout my process of obtaining the necessary documents. However, when it had started to be more complex with the air quality issues being a factor in my children's health issues, he devastated me when he said he could no longer take on this case for me. After all of the struggles and what seemed like never ending battles with getting ripped off so to speak by contractors whom I would hire to diagnose the problem, environmental testing I had done multiple times, I am very ready for things to turn in the direction of my favor I'm praying! As well as stay in my direction and be full of positivity and motivation to keep going. I've been closer than I'd like to admit in giving up many, many times. Yet I kept going for my families sake, as well as other's who I know are out there that have been or are currently going through similar issues with these weatherization programs. I have come to realize that anyone that has similar job descriptions or careers, will always, always vouch for the weatherization programs and what they do. I however have experienced first hand at how these programs cut corners and hire out their contractors, also not even going by their own rules in their handbook. Then upon me asking the hard questions to a quality assurance gentleman from The DOA who funds this program, they cover their tracks and end up looking like the hero in the end whom made this problem female go away because she did not have a fight in their game. As far as I know they think I have backed away from this fight as they have not heard from me in quite some time. I was using this time to gather my evidence and obtain the necessary legal counsel whom would represent me. I have folders organized by the box full of all of the saved documents from the beginning of this on going nightmare of mine. I imagine the day frequently of me handing over my box of fully organized documents and papers, to the right attorney who will gladly take it from me so I can take a relaxing breath of particulate and vapor filled air. Even though it's hazardous, it will be a tremendous lift to no longer be alone in such a fight.

I find it quite horrible upon my voice being so silenced upon the mistakes that were made to my home. I would not wish this nightmare of a year on anyone in this world, not even the quality assurance gentleman whom is the person that has left me silenced and without anyone to go to for help. It has been truly very awful and disrespectful upon this gentleman who is a state employee being so incredibly dishonest with his words. It surely is not fair to not have any voice to use when my home has been left in such ruins. I have sent him and the Senator a home inspector's report showing the damages and mistakes made by the weatherization program, as well as video footage proving as this water heater backdrafting upon it being off due to lack of combustion air, ect. There was supposed to be a test done beforehand that would have given the indication this water heater was not safe to be installed here. That test was not completed, nor was there any final inspection, nor a final inspection on the furnace installed through the program upon my inquiring about these. Even with all of this evidence and more that II have showing their faults and wrongful actions, no one will believe me or help me in this matter. I fully support my Senator and Governor that i have reached out to, however I feel my situation has not been addressed as it should be. This should never, ever happen to anyone with the ways in which it has happened to me. I have no fight left, no voice to be heard, and no one to hear or take action upon my desperate cries for help after being put through such an agonizing year that is still not over with.

There are reasons for everything I have come to truly know throughout everything that has taken place regarding these house issues. My 10 year old daughter Abigail needed to be put on an inhaler very suddenly recently. This obviously has to do with the air we breathe and the amount of particulates that have overtaken it this past year. She was further evaluated with pulmonary exams and chest x rays. The chest x ray came back saying nothing was found in her lungs that could be seen from that aspect. However, a severe spinal cord deformity was seen, as well as an entire upper left side of her stature appearing to be much weaker than her right, and a collar bone that is very uneven. This makes her entire upper half appear uneven, after going through her yearly class photos it was very apparent. How this was not caught or noticed by yearly well check up exams was a frustrating question. Although it was not dwelled on very long. I took this as a huge blessing from above! If not for this house being so filled with horrible air and those mistakes made by the company who installed numerous energy efficiency updates, Abby would not have went to have these tests done due to her breathing issues. Therefore we may not have been aware of this for quite some time, possibly even years in the future. Or until she would start to have pain from these issues. Which she never has had, even now after it being known. Even through the most horrible and frustrating, unimaginable time in my life that has been nothing short of a nightmare, to have the knowledge and ability to prevent any pain and suffering in my 10 year old daughter's future makes it all worth it. Unbelievable that those words have come out of my mouth when I am consistently angry with the way things were done here and left with my family to be exposed to, I can be nothing short of grateful for becoming aware of her condition in order to take the necessary steps now to fix it. It is overwhelming no doubt, but the blessings of knowledge out weigh it all by far.

I have seen the absolute worst and just downright evil in people over the past year, and the absolutely beautiful and kind people, offering to help in any way they can. Very few, less than a handful have shown this kindness, but they have made all the difference in keeping me going when I wanted to give up so many times. My hope is to be able to save our once beautiful inhereted family home and see my children suffer no longer. It has become quite clear I am not able to go about this on my own, I have tried so very hard for well over a year.

The ways in which I'm needing help with this consist of first and foremost the ability to have my voice heard about what has happened to my home, and how it will be addressed to be remidated. I have tried numerous resources both in the state as well as on a federal level, all to no avail. It has been over a year now, thus I have tried everything possible and everything that has been advised of me to do. Hundreds and hundreds of phone calls and emails, complaints made, ect. If there should be any I have not already tried I would gladly inquire about them. The only thing I want it for my home to be free of the toxicity it consists of due to the multiple mistakes the weatherization program has made in my home. The gentleman from the DOA that made his inspection has left me silenced upon his untruthfulness he stated to the Senator in stating there were no problems here. He did not evaluate the water heater that was installed by the program which has been backdrafting for over a year and is still backdrafting as I write this. The health effects are taking a toll on myself and my children. The state health department has concluded testing from tape and carpeting samples I have sent in. These results have showed cellulose insulation as being very present, which are particulates that are in this vapor matter as it seeps out of every crack and crevice throughout my home. Filling everything from bedding, clothing, furniture, appliances, ect. I don't have anywhere else to go regarding this matter as I have tried everything thus far. How does one replace an entire home that is so filled with this particulate and vapor that doesn't stop? I want my family and my home to be happy and healthy as we once were, that is all I've ever wanted.

The attached video shows just a clip of what we are forced to be exposed to and deal with on a daily basis regarding this vapor matter. Although this video appears to be very blurry, I assure you it is not. That is due to the amount of vapor and particulates in my air. The end of this video shows this matter seeping out of my baseboards, leaving behind a sediment that is everywhere and very difficult to remove.

I'm begging for help with this as I can no longer take on such a fight on my own. It has become too great of a struggle having the knowledge of my voice continuing to be silenced by those who have the power to change it all in an instant. It's difficult in trying to get anyone to understand just how much this has been affecting me and my mental health. Imagine trying to scream for help, yet no one comes to your aid, no one listens, or shows they care. I often wonder what has happened to cause a world full of individuals who turn their backs on a desperate mother of two as I cry out for help. I don't believe there are any words to describe it, especially as this continues to occur two years later. I'm a silenced and very broken mother of two, just looking for a voice and someone to hear me so I may move on to the life I once loved and knew.

Thank you,

Michelle Castile

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Michelle Castile posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

Hello,

This situation is quite a complex one and is 2 years and still on going, with very little hope left of a conclusion, let alone any justice to be obtained. Here is my story:

These issues began nearly two full years ago and has led to a very, very long journey that I am very ready to bring to a close. Or at least turn my fight over to someone whom will fight for me instead so I do not have to anymore on my own. I have saved every single email, document, estimates, even emails that I have sent to many, many different organizations and companies trying to obtain any help that was out there and available to me. It took me 8 months to diagnose what the problem even was, where it came from, and why it happened. Several different factors play into this. Due to a weatherization program placing 17 inches of loose fill blown in cellulose insulation into my attic that has plugged up the baffles and soffits for air flow, a bathfan that was not installed correctly, as well as a gas powered water heater that has been backdrafting for what appears to be a year, my home has been ruined in the process. Having a tight, modular home, no air flow in the attic, ventilation that does not work correctly, moisture build up, and severe negative air pressure are all the causes of what has happened here. I now have what's known as a particulate and vapor matter that have completely destroyed my home, every item that is fabric, and then some. Carpeting is so very full, upon vacuming I frequently compare this to vacuming a beach...in every single room. These particulates, or VOC'S, have come from that very dusty insulation, humidity due to all of the moisture building up, as well as chemicals reacting such as CO2 from the water heater exhaust not being properly ventilated. All of this in a tight home with negative air pressure from the addition of another appliance pushing air out without bringing enough back in, are also factors that have caused such a disaster and what has been my nightmare for a full year. A thick smog is very visible upon taking videos with my phone near the floor, coming out every crack and crevice. Contacting numerous contractors, experts, environmental specialists, ect. all throughout the year has shown me both how awful people can be, as well as how kind people can be. Although, most took quite advantage of what appeared to be a single mother begging for answers with checkbook in hand. For months I paid for so many different specialists to come here to diagnose these issues, yet I received nothing in return. I researched this constantly, and still do to this very day. My own constant researching and investigating is what had given me most of the answers at the end of the day. Between my doing that, as well as everyone I have received insight from wheather it was over the phone or in person, the answers have become quite clear.

I did have a lawyer I was referred to upon contacting legal aid. He was extremely kind and listened to my entire story. He then offered his services pro bono, which I had only dreamed of happening. We stayed in touch throughout my process of obtaining the necessary documents. However, when it had started to be more complex with the air quality issues being a factor in my children's health issues, he devastated me when he said he could no longer take on this case for me. After all of the struggles and what seemed like never ending battles with getting ripped off so to speak by contractors whom I would hire to diagnose the problem, environmental testing I had done multiple times, I am very ready for things to turn in the direction of my favor I'm praying! As well as stay in my direction and be full of positivity and motivation to keep going. I've been closer than I'd like to admit in giving up many, many times. Yet I kept going for my families sake, as well as other's who I know are out there that have been or are currently going through similar issues with these weatherization programs. I have come to realize that anyone that has similar job descriptions or careers, will always, always vouch for the weatherization programs and what they do. I however have experienced first hand at how these programs cut corners and hire out their contractors, also not even going by their own rules in their handbook. Then upon me asking the hard questions to a quality assurance gentleman from The DOA who funds this program, they cover their tracks and end up looking like the hero in the end whom made this problem female go away because she did not have a fight in their game. As far as I know they think I have backed away from this fight as they have not heard from me in quite some time. I was using this time to gather my evidence and obtain the necessary legal counsel whom would represent me. I have folders organized by the box full of all of the saved documents from the beginning of this on going nightmare of mine. I imagine the day frequently of me handing over my box of fully organized documents and papers, to the right attorney who will gladly take it from me so I can take a relaxing breath of particulate and vapor filled air. Even though it's hazardous, it will be a tremendous lift to no longer be alone in such a fight.

I find it quite horrible upon my voice being so silenced upon the mistakes that were made to my home. I would not wish this nightmare of a year on anyone in this world, not even the quality assurance gentleman whom is the person that has left me silenced and without anyone to go to for help. It has been truly very awful and disrespectful upon this gentleman who is a state employee being so incredibly dishonest with his words. It surely is not fair to not have any voice to use when my home has been left in such ruins. I have sent him and the Senator a home inspector's report showing the damages and mistakes made by the weatherization program, as well as video footage proving as this water heater backdrafting upon it being off due to lack of combustion air, ect. There was supposed to be a test done beforehand that would have given the indication this water heater was not safe to be installed here. That test was not completed, nor was there any final inspection, nor a final inspection on the furnace installed through the program upon my inquiring about these. Even with all of this evidence and more that II have showing their faults and wrongful actions, no one will believe me or help me in this matter. I fully support my Senator and Governor that i have reached out to, however I feel my situation has not been addressed as it should be. This should never, ever happen to anyone with the ways in which it has happened to me. I have no fight left, no voice to be heard, and no one to hear or take action upon my desperate cries for help after being put through such an agonizing year that is still not over with.

There are reasons for everything I have come to truly know throughout everything that has taken place regarding these house issues. My 10 year old daughter Abigail needed to be put on an inhaler very suddenly recently. This obviously has to do with the air we breathe and the amount of particulates that have overtaken it this past year. She was further evaluated with pulmonary exams and chest x rays. The chest x ray came back saying nothing was found in her lungs that could be seen from that aspect. However, a severe spinal cord deformity was seen, as well as an entire upper left side of her stature appearing to be much weaker than her right, and a collar bone that is very uneven. This makes her entire upper half appear uneven, after going through her yearly class photos it was very apparent. How this was not caught or noticed by yearly well check up exams was a frustrating question. Although it was not dwelled on very long. I took this as a huge blessing from above! If not for this house being so filled with horrible air and those mistakes made by the company who installed numerous energy efficiency updates, Abby would not have went to have these tests done due to her breathing issues. Therefore we may not have been aware of this for quite some time, possibly even years in the future. Or until she would start to have pain from these issues. Which she never has had, even now after it being known. Even through the most horrible and frustrating, unimaginable time in my life that has been nothing short of a nightmare, to have the knowledge and ability to prevent any pain and suffering in my 10 year old daughter's future makes it all worth it. Unbelievable that those words have come out of my mouth when I am consistently angry with the way things were done here and left with my family to be exposed to, I can be nothing short of grateful for becoming aware of her condition in order to take the necessary steps now to fix it. It is overwhelming no doubt, but the blessings of knowledge out weigh it all by far.

I have seen the absolute worst and just downright evil in people over the past year, and the absolutely beautiful and kind people, offering to help in any way they can. Very few, less than a handful have shown this kindness, but they have made all the difference in keeping me going when I wanted to give up so many times. My hope is to be able to save our once beautiful inhereted family home and see my children suffer no longer. It has become quite clear I am not able to go about this on my own, I have tried so very hard for well over a year.

The ways in which I'm needing help with this consist of first and foremost the ability to have my voice heard about what has happened to my home, and how it will be addressed to be remidated. I have tried numerous resources both in the state as well as on a federal level, all to no avail. It has been over a year now, thus I have tried everything possible and everything that has been advised of me to do. Hundreds and hundreds of phone calls and emails, complaints made, ect. If there should be any I have not already tried I would gladly inquire about them. The only thing I want it for my home to be free of the toxicity it consists of due to the multiple mistakes the weatherization program has made in my home. The gentleman from the DOA that made his inspection has left me silenced upon his untruthfulness he stated to the Senator in stating there were no problems here. He did not evaluate the water heater that was installed by the program which has been backdrafting for over a year and is still backdrafting as I write this. The health effects are taking a toll on myself and my children. The state health department has concluded testing from tape and carpeting samples I have sent in. These results have showed cellulose insulation as being very present, which are particulates that are in this vapor matter as it seeps out of every crack and crevice throughout my home. Filling everything from bedding, clothing, furniture, appliances, ect. I don't have anywhere else to go regarding this matter as I have tried everything thus far. How does one replace an entire home that is so filled with this particulate and vapor that doesn't stop? I want my family and my home to be happy and healthy as we once were, that is all I've ever wanted.

The attached video shows just a clip of what we are forced to be exposed to and deal with on a daily basis regarding this vapor matter. Although this video appears to be very blurry, I assure you it is not. That is due to the amount of vapor and particulates in my air. The end of this video shows this matter seeping out of my baseboards, leaving behind a sediment that is everywhere and very difficult to remove.

I'm begging for help with this as I can no longer take on such a fight on my own. It has become too great of a struggle having the knowledge of my voice continuing to be silenced by those who have the power to change it all in an instant. It's difficult in trying to get anyone to understand just how much this has been affecting me and my mental health. Imagine trying to scream for help, yet no one comes to your aid, no one listens, or shows they care. I often wonder what has happened to cause a world full of individuals who turn their backs on a desperate mother of two as I cry out for help. I don't believe there are any words to describe it, especially as this continues to occur two years later. I'm a silenced and very broken mother of two, just looking for a voice and someone to hear me so I may move on to the life I once loved and knew.

Thank you,

Michelle Castile

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