Partner Family Stories
A 55 year old woman recently contacted our Habitat office in desperation. She said she learned about our new program, A Brush With Kindness, when she visited our Restore in Rhinelander on Stevens Street and shared with us that we are her last hope for help. The living room carpeting in her 70 year old home was in such disrepair and attributed to her having breathing problems. Due to these health issues, it was torn out over 3 years ago leaving her with a plywood floor. Hardships in her life have left her unable to afford to replace it, and she could not find any resources to help her.
This woman, who has lived in Rhinelander for over 20 years, has faced many challenges in her life. When she moved to the Rhinelander area she was on disability, but was able to work part time at a flower shop. She worked for 10 years but eventually developed carpal tunnel in both hands. The surgery helped somewhat, but she was unable to return to work. All these problems resulted in permanent disability leaving her with little income.
She does get some joy in life from her dog and two cats. When she was younger she received a degree in horsemanship and has a respect and love for this animal. She also was a life guard and taught swimming lessons. In spite of her hardships she shared that she does have a desire to help people if she ever gets well enough. Her wish is to help veterans suffering from PTSD through the use of horse therapy and swimming therapy.
Her story reaffirms the need for the A Brush With Kindness program in our communities of Oneida and Vilas counties. Some other projects we have done or will soon be working on include:
- Building a handicap ramp
- Installing new sinks
- Painting a home
- Replacing windows and doors
- Insulating and drywall work
- Roofing a home
- Installing grab bars
- Repairing a picket fence and trim
In addition to the above projects, our goal is to build 2 homes a year for eligible families. Our progress is made possible by the many businesses, organizations and individuals who so graciously donate to our cause. Please consider donating today so the above woman can finally receive a floor in her home and we can continue our efforts of bringing hope to those in need of safe and decent homes. THANK YOU!
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