The kindness of strangers
Sunday, April 14, 2013
So this weekend, we were blown away by one of the most generous acts I have ever experienced.
Let me rewind a bit.
You see, I live in my mom's house. She let us live here after she suffered from congestive heart failure and went to move in with her mom. She was behind in mortgage payments, and told us we could live here until the bank came and got it.
That was more than 10 years ago. They never did! I don't know why, it makes no sense to any professional we've ever spoken to about it, but when they sent the paperwork from our local office to the foreclosure office in Delaware, it never got there, and we never got any notices of foreclosure. The courthouse lists only the original mortgage (not mom's refinance) and nothing about the foreclosure. At all.
So. With a potential foreclosure looming over us, and a severe lack of finances anyway, we never wanted to put any big money into repairs on the place.
Unfortunately, when the roof started leaking, that meant things got a bit complicated.
Today, we have about four places in the house where the ceiling is actively caving in from water damage. In the girls' room, there is a corner where the drywall has buckled, and the damage goes right down to the floor. There's a big hole in the floor there (and was the source of some consternation when the kitties kept getting out and we couldn't figure out how.)
Anyway, my neighbor knows about all this, and he happens to volunteer with an organization here in town that does repairs on people's houses.
And we qualified.
Friday, they started work.
Today, we have a new, shiny roof, that doesn't leak. This means we can start making repairs here and there on the damage, and no worry about doing things like putting out buckets or a towel on the bathroom door.
All of this was done free of charge. The only price? A bit of power, and lending a strong back now and again to tote wood or other supplies.
Such a relief, you know? I don't know how long we will be staying here, but it will be at least another six months, minimum. And now they will be DRY months.