Love Thy Neighbor: Fire Rebuild

Love Thy Neighbor: Fire Rebuild

From Barbara J Lomonaco

I'm raising money for a sweet family who had a tragic house fire about a year and a half ago. They were scammed by a restoration company who took their insurance money, and never finished the restoration of their home.

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Below please find the message the family posted to Facebook giving more details about this tragic situation.

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I am reaching out because we have nowhere else to turn. My family had a house fire 2-12-21 and hired a contractor who showed up while the house was still smoldering. He promised my 8 month pregnant wife (at the time), my two young children and I 6 months to complete. He was paid our insurance funds and pocketed $175,000.00 for work charged and never done.  We fired Ameri-Pro Restoration approximately 18 months after the fire due to countless excuses, delays, and problems. The roof was replaced  and a third party deemed it unsafe, the stairway didn’t  meet head clearance for code, nearly half the windows leaked, HVAC ducting wasn’t run into a new room that was framed in, plumbing lines didn’t have the appropriate drop level for draining, and the list continues. 

We hired an attorney and are following next steps there. 

Our family of 5 (a 16 month old, 8 year old and 4 year old, my wife and I) are living in a camper on our side lawn because we are trying to complete the house ourselves. Colder weather is coming and campers weren’t meant for family living in West Michigan winters.  The little money we have left is quickly depleting and won’t be enough to just gain occupancy. I had to quit my job to supervise and assist the build myself, we have no income coming in. We want to inform others so that they don’t fall as a victim of Ron Brown, president of Ameri-Pro Restoration from Lake Odessa, Michigan or else he will continue the cycle with other families. We have missed so many important moments of our kids lives stressing over what hasn’t been done, when will the house be done, and battling excuse after excuse that he came up with.  The number of times we had to tell our young homesick boys, “ it’ll be just another month and we’ll be home…” , “at least we will be home by Thanksgiving… at least we will be home by Christmas… at least we will be home after the 1 year mark from the fire…” it’s truly heartbreaking. I want to warn others about the company that preyed on us in our time of greatest need so that nobody else becomes a victim and looses everything.

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