As we extinguish fires and do the great work that goes on daily in this county there continues a never ending stream of poverty, despair and tragedy. So much brought on by our fellow man and yet so much brought on without notice. As “Murphy’s law puts it, “If it can go wrong it will go wrong”. I hope you will take time to read the following as these situations come up everyday and my prayer is for someone with way to much money to consider this situation and choose to reach out and help with overwhelming support.
When it rains it pours…..Please take a second to read this please. To our client friends, personal friends and family. Please help. With so much going on and so much need it is not surprising that those of us who are still alive and well on this earth are being pulled by our heart strings by the tragedy and despair going on. There is so much need.
An urgent need has developed this past week for us and involves a 2 year old named Edward Hernandez. He has been diagnosed with an incurable disease and the folks at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City are doing their best to find solutions and provide a plan to keep this child from hurting or from suddenly dying. In the back round Mom & Dad have been working to rehab a house such as to make it livable for the family which includes two other children below the age of 10. The water line to the house is cracked and a $1000.00 repair is required. HPLA has negotiated the cost down to $600.00 by providing labor support to the project. But in the mean time carpenter work and sheet-rock work inside the house for Edwards room as well as other parts of the house needs to be completed. HPLA will assist with all but could use some volunteers. Bottom line we are asking for your financial support too. Mom had been working at McDonald but is having to spend all her time with Edward so is unemployed and Dad is working as a laborer in construction and work is off and on and day by day. Please contact us at 913-269-4450 to volunteer or donate via www.habitacionesparalatinos.org
All funds & resources of HPLA will shift to this project or any “for profit work” we can get via D&R Services, Inc. Handyman Department will go support Edward.. Thanks for your consideration and may God Bless You. Bob Flores Chairmen
Free Home and Building Repair Services for those in Need (913) 269-4450
Great things are happening and your donations are making a huge impact.
Thank you to all of you who have given of your time and money to support our efforts to: “TO PROVIDE HOME REPAIR SERVICES TO LOW INCOME HOME OWNERS AT LITTLE OR NO COST”
There is plenty of concerns that this world faces everyday and plenty of reasons to be working hard to insure survival. As a charity we are dependent on donations but we do take on “for pay” projects to keep our bank balances at levels which allow us to fulfill our mission.
I was so thankful for the support of one World War II US Navy veteran who employed us last week. At 91 years old he is still maintaining in his own home and is basically self sufficient. As we followed his lead and accomplished the tasks needed to make him happy I was reminded of how much this man had done for our country and at this point in his life how we should be giving him whatever he wants. However, his concern was to make a good showing and keep his neighborhood vital for the rest of the community and insure blight does not creep into his district. He is proud to be able to pay his own way and encourages everyone to work to that end.
After several days of asking me how much he owed, I explained what we do and what our mission is. I said, “you owe us nothing but we will accept a contribution to keep our charity going”. To that he reached into his pocket and took out some bills and gave them to me. He asked if that was enough. I said, “it is more than enough”. As I thanked him and started out he asked me to wait. He was gone for some time but came back and handed me more bills and said, “this is for you”. He almost brought me to tears. I told him I take no money for myself but would share some of the extra gift with the helpers and use the rest to help others along with his initial contribution. To pay it forward. I also keep him informed on what each dollar of his contribution is doing to help
His donation has been sufficient to buy materials and supplies to complete another milestone for a veteran’s project who is in need of an exterior door and installation. Secondly, to help a young couple who have a water line break on their side of the water meter and to buy plumbing supplies to drain an elderly women’s washing machine into the house plumbing instead of out on the ground through a hole in the side wall of the laundry room. This will clear a code violation and derail a fine. And there is some money left to do more. Without the free labor provided by HPLA for those in need and without the generosity of this World War II veteran the cost to dig a six foot hole for the water line break would have eaten away almost all the donation.
The labor for all is this work is donated by HPLA and the volunteers who support us. On some occasions, such as these where, ‘for pay’ services are provided; volunteers are given token amounts of money to defer their travel or food expenses. This billing is done via a Kansas Sub Chapter S Corporation and all the remaining proceeds are donated back to Habitaciones Para Latinos Association. (No pay goes to HPLA staffers or Corporate executives).
As the cooler days of autumn and the cold days of winter approach our area it will be vital to keep heat systems operating. To keep hot water heaters providing sanitation and warm therapeutic baths to sore muscules and achy bones. To keep windows operating to keep out the cold and to insulate cracks and crevasses in these older homes.
Please use the donate button on the banner or the ‘contact us’ form to get our mailing address to mail us your checks. We remain very grateful and ask God to Bless you going forward.
Robert “Bob” Flores