Let us tell you a quick story about this person. We will call her Ms. Owens. She is a real person who has worked hard all her life and is still working hard by volunteering in a women’s shelter and participating on other activities important to her. All this work is being done to help people who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times. In some cases many are here through their own fault. But an unwanted pregnancy does not negate a heart beat & a life. To help these women, who have no support, charities like “women’s shelter” are a GOD sent. More importantly are the volunteers that “man” these shelters. Ms. Owens is one, although disabled.
To cut to the chase HPLA was contacted because Ms. Owens porch was getting rotten right at the front entry. Secondly the concrete stairs leading up to the front door had deteriorated and were slopping. The rise & run of the concrete stairs were not up to code so varied seriously. This created a problem, as getting around on a flat surface was getting difficult for Ms. Owens and climbing slippery and uneven stairs a hazard. The possibility of falling through the porch floor was a reality.
The solution was to re-enforce the floor joist of the porch & bridge the old concrete steps with a wooden deck. Pictures have been added to this post to see the progress of this project and the fantastic engineering that went into providing a stable and safe entryway for this needy but deserving rock of this community.
We need a few more donations to complete this project. So will you please donate a few dollars to help. HPLA has donated all the labor for this project as well as some of the cost for materials. We just need a little help from you for more lumber and screws.
As we approach Easter we are reminded that Jesus died for our sins, arose from the dead and gives us life everlasting by accepting him. We can pay this gift forward, while here on earth, by being a good Samaritan and helping those folks that are hurting and needing a leg up.
We also need to be sure Ms. Owens can keep doing her work. People in need helping people in need. What a great concept.
Please share this work with your friends & family. We desperately need volunteers too. Please call us.
God Bless You.
As this years NCAA college basketball tournaments have narrowed down to the final four it is not surprising to see some teams in the running. What is great is that there are teams in the running that no one could imagine would be here. South Carolina. WHAT???? Oregon Ducks , really? The University of Kansas let a lot of folks down here in Kansas but, there is no doubt that Oregon and South Carolina earned the opportunity to win it all. I love basketball at this stage of the annual competition. It is amazing to start a project and work hard to end up with a successful program or a successful project.
At HPLA we work hard everyday to win. We do that by providing a hand out and leg up up to folks who might not ever have an opportunity to win.
We service low income homeowners who, through “no fault of their own” have become victims of their own environment. Today I saw Yolanda. She bought her own house. Her first. She maintained it as best she could. But the house next door has impinged on her by allowing a tree on their property to grow so big it has damaged her house. That other property has now been abandoned by its owners. She is upside down on her maintenance cost and will lose everything to move. What the “Heck?”. How does this happen? “There is a sucker born every minute.”
A reasonable buyer or reasonable real estate agent representing the seller should have never let this deal go through. The property should have been condemned to start but Yolanda is doomed.
So the tenant (Yolanda) is having to survive due to lack of resources to move forward. Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is trying to help. We are applying band aids to keep the house livable and yet advising the tenet to get out asap. Rain is coming in and the supporting walls are suspect. The foundation is deteriorating. The property is losing value. Any investment in the property is to pour money into a bottomless pit with no chance to recover. What can be done to save bankruptcy. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Best case is to try and buy time and live in the house. HPLA will patch the roof. We will shore up the foundation and we will advise the client to get out asap. YOUR DONATIONS BUY THESE FOLKS TIME.
Please give. Hit the donate button now. One dollar does amazing things when coupled with a hundred other DONATED dollars.
No donation goes to do anything but help the needy. No overhead is paid for with your donation. Only direct benefits to clients who qualify will benefit from your donation..