Senior Citizen Needs Home Repairs

Senior Citizen Needs Home Repairs

From Darrell Ray

Major Repairs for Senior Citizen Lady's home.

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5 months ago

We have topped 1/3 of our donation goal! I will be posting pictures of the work completed so far. She still does not have water. HELP Please. Even if it is only for $5. Every bit helps.

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Major Repairs for Senior Citizen Lady's Home.

Have you met that special senior citizen lady who volunteers to help for everything that comes along?  Well I have met such a special lady. She'll do anything for you.

Imagine my shock and surprise when I began to learn about the condition of her home.  First, I learned that she had not had any working HVAC for years!  She was relying on dangerous space heaters in winter and fans in summer.  Have you ever lived in a mobile home?  They are hard to heat and even harder to cool.

At this point I had never been to her home, but I sent some people there to see what it would take to fix the problem. After weeks of negotiation, we were able to have a new 3 ton 14 SEER Heat pump installed with A/C.  The total cost was $4,600.  DCEA contributed $800. Appalachian Electric Cooperative, the local utility provider, contributed $700.  Now we still owe $3,100.

I found out she owned the land where her mobile home sat and had lived there for decades, upgrading to this used mobile home some years past.

The day the installers were there putting in the HVAC, my wife and I finally stopped by.  Then I learned the place had some additional serious issues.

First, the driveway from the road to her house was a good distance.  It was so rutted, it was not easily navigable.  But that was nothing compared to the fact that her well had stopped pumping, her septic system was virtually worthless, her roof leaked, there was major interior water damage, the rear porch was a hazard, etc.

So I started investigating. There was a junkyard up the street.  I could only imagine oil, anti-freeze, and gasoline seeping into the ground water.  Without being able to take a water sample in to be tested, I decided replacing the well was not a good option. I contacted the city's water company and learned that she could connect to city water and city sewer! But the TAP Fees to put in a connection and meter was $2,100.  The best estimate I could find to run the lines and sewer and do the connections, was $11,000.  Ouch.

Habitat for Humanity came out to patch the roof, make some interior repairs, work on the exit doors, and the porch.  Great organization.

I still thought a new roof over the existing one was still needed.  But there was not sufficient funds available from Habitat for Humanity to do that.

I then decided to do this fundraiser.  We need the following for this sweet lady:

1.  Pay off HVAC system, $3,100;

2.  Pay Tap fees for water and sewer, $2,100;

3.  Run water and sewer lines and connect them, $11,000;

4.  Place a new roof over the existing roof, $2,500;

5.  Grade driveway,  add truckloads of gravel, and run a steamroller over it to compress, $4,000. 

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Darrell Ray posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #1

We have topped 1/3 of our donation goal! I will be posting pictures of the work completed so far. She still does not have water. HELP Please. Even if it is only for $5. Every bit helps.

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