Who would have known, On September 19 2019, our lives would have changed due to Hurricane Humberto causing unforgettable damages to our 100 year old residence. My daughter and I kept up with all the repairs, we did our part as a family to preserve our home, in our neighborhood to be one of the well kept homes, but who would have know, with the roof coming off would turn the repairs into a renovation. Our 100 year old home was built with no belt to secure the roof to the walls, the roof framing was built with 2 x 4 back then and the new building code now requires the roof framing to be 2 x 6 or 2 x 8. We had to take the whole roof off (not in the budget) to create a belt, re-frame the roof to code, along with the electrical, the plumbing, all the other repairs that need to be done to bring the residence up to code. But it did not stop there, torrential rain from September to December 2019 the roof was covered with tarps which helped some, but the house being exposed with no roof, the wooden floors were damaged, the ceilings in the lower apartment were soaked (which will need to be eventually replace) and our heirlooms, worldly possessions damaged and many irreplaceable.
Early December 2019, The roof was finally closed but the house sustained extensive damage to the electrical system, plumbing, the wooden floors, the ceilings, the list just goes on and on.
For the past 9 months has been truly a test of our family’s faith. Our home is still a shell, four walls and the roof. No Ceilings, No Windows, No Doors, No Bathroom, No Electrical, No Plumbing, No Kitchen etc... , (See updated pictures) "Just A Shell". It is heartbreaking and wrenching to experience the constant reminder for my daughter and myself, we own a home, we have a piece of the rock, we are unable to progress forward so that we can return home because the repairs to the house have stopped due to, we have used up all of our savings and we have literally run out of funds to continue.
Even during COVID-19 and Shelter In Place, I continue to work hard day and night to make the extra funds to get the work done slowly but surely. The finish line seems so far away, as I grow tired and weary, but I must press on. The financial burden it real especially when you have to pay a mortgage and all the other expenses for a residence you are unable to live in, as well as pay for your temporary accommodations because you are unable to live there for free.
The financial institutions will lend us $150,000 to finish the house to make it livable, safe and finish the rest as time goes. To borrow the $150,0000 the monthly payments would be $6,000 and I would have to pay it back within 5 years. The disappointments never stop as I don't even make this much or any amount near it.
Even during COVID-19 and Shelter In Place, I am working day and night to make the extra funds to get the work done slowly but surely. The finish line seems so far away, as I grow tired and weary, but I must press on to raise the following funds to make the house habitable $127,500 approximately (not completed):
Concrete Floors $15,500
Windows and Doors$25,500
Someone said to me recently,"It take a village to raise a child and it take a community to help and uplift a family". We are hoping are extended family / community will send financial blessings to our "Please Help Us to Finish the Repairs To Our Home Campaign" to uplift my daughter and I to help us return home. If you know me, you would know, I am a person who gives to help others, and this plea to Help Our Family, is very much out of my comfort zone. Your financial blessing, kindness and generosity will bring our family together again under one roof, we call home. Every Dollar your donate will help and would be put to good use from the smallest screw/nail to the larger items we need doors/windows to secure our home etc.. Please help our family. We are willing to return the generosity in time up to an agreed amount and an agreement on what is required of us.
Your generosity will not go unnoticed. We will have a blessing of the house with a plaque place at the front for everyone to see, this house was rebuilt with the financial blessing by our friends, family and our extended family/community.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may each and every person be blessed in return.
The Hollis Family