I wish I could tell you that this isn’t true.
This past October, Mark, our Home Repair Program Manager received a call from Norma, who was looking for assistance. He promptly scheduled an appointment with her and was eager to meet her need. However, when he arrived at Norma’s home, he quickly realized this was not going to be a quick and easy home repair. Norma, an older adult who often struggles to make ends meet, humbly welcomed Mark into her home. She tearfully explained that she hasn’t had running water in almost two years and she didn’t know who to turn too. Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, she talked about a fall she had last year while she was carrying water from her neighbor’s house. This fall resulted in a fractured hip and still prevents Norma from carrying water to her toilet.
As Mark listened to her explain how other organizations were unable to help and how she managed to “get by,” he knew that her health and well-being was at risk. He knew he had to do something for Norma. After further inspection, it was determined that Norma needed a new well and Mark knew she did not have the means to pay for it. Norma lived outside of the neighborhood that is covered under our home repair grant and this deeply concerned Mark.
He could not shake the terrible feeling that Norma would continue to live in this state, without something as basic as running water.
With a goal of raising $4,500, Mark continued to try and help Norma. He told everyone about her situation and Senior Services explored other funding options that might have been available. Everyone soon pulled together for Norma’s new well. One local business raised $1,700 and staff contributed what they could. In addition, the Home Repair program recently received a charitable gift from a generous donor, that will cover the rest of the cost for the well!
For more information about the Home Repair Program at Senior Services click HERE
Although this particular story has a happy ending, I share this story because there are a lot of people like ‘Norma’ throughout our community trying to live a dignified and independent life in their own home, without the resources to meet their basic needs and they need our help.
Oh, how I wish I could tell you that this isn’t true!
This is why we ask that you help us in our effort. We ask that you contribute an undesignated donation to Senior Services of Southwest Michigan to increase our abilities to help more people in need, like Norma.