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Giving back to a woman who has given all her life. Help us provide shelter to her in her Golden years.

Imagine living in a box approximately the size of 40 x 20 feet with a roof that is about to blow off and leaks every time it rains and a floor that is so old it has holes where snakes and rodents crawl up through to find shelter. This box has running cold water in a kitchen sink, but no hot water. It has a toilet but no shower. No central heat or AC in this box. Although there is a small window unit to help keep it cool for summer, it cannot keep up with 100+ degree weather in the summer, nor can the little heater unit keep it warm enough in the winter. Now imagine taking a cold shower with a water hose when it is freezing cold weather. No this is not a home in a foreign country but the home to one of our elderly right here in the U.S.A.
This home belongs to an elderly woman that is 70 years old and on a fixed income and still works every day to make ends meet. She makes too much to receive help from the government and not enough to get out of the hole. She is hard working and has always paid her own way. She cared for her late husband who suffered for 10+ years with Alzheimer’s disease. He was a veteran but once he died, she lost all his veteran’s benefits which she did not expect and was counting on.
This elderly woman has medical issues but cannot address all of them because her money only stretches so far. She recently had a corneal transplant and she has Glaucoma disease so she must take expensive eye drops the rest of her life. Her body hurts all the time but she cannot retire because she is working to help save up money to buy a mobile home to live in.
This woman is not one who sits around waiting for handouts. She is a giving soul and is always helping others in her community. She works with elderly and is always helping them in different ways. She spends her time off going to the food bank to collect food for others or she is volunteering at the church or other community need. She has a huge heart and cares more for others than she does herself.
She has worked very hard all her life and has not taken vacations. No one could have seen that her Golden Years would be lived in this manner. She lives in the best country in the world but yet her home is one of a third world country.
My goal is to raise at least $10,000 to put down on a mobile home for her. This is my dear sweet mother and it pains me to see her live this way. I am recovering from breast cancer myself and am strapped financially. I feel guilty because I live in a nice home and I have running hot water. All of my needs are being met but hers are not. She has learned to live with much less but it is clear that her needs are not being met and her health is beginning to decline. We live over 2 hours from her and would love for her to live with us but she does not want to burden us and she is a very proud and independent woman. She loves her community and loves helping those around her. We want to be able to help her the way she helps others. Everyone deserves to live in a safe home with a place to take a hot shower and a warm place to rest their head. Her only real need is a home. She has everything else she needs.
God gives her strength and has protected her from great harm. We need to help our elderly and not forget about them. Our system is broken when it comes to helping them out of these situations. We have tried different avenues but ran into road blocks. Thank you all for your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day. If you feel inclined to help me raise money to put a better roof over her sweet head, please donate. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a family representative please feel free to email:
lrpetersen@satx.rr.com

If you want to send money directly to the family to help her, please contact us via email so we can make arrangements. This fundraiser is being done for her without her knowledge so it is more difficult getting the word out without her knowing about it. She would be so embarassed because she is a very proud person who has always pulled her own weight. I would like to collect the money and then present it to her as one big gift once I have hit the goal. Thank you in advance for your support.

God Bless You All,
The Family of E.H.
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