Updated posted by Heston Stein 20 days ago
Well, you are probably wondering why you haven’t seen anything from us in a few months regarding the house project. There is a reason for that… and it is NOT good...
Our general contractor (GC), Ranger Construction, walked off of our project in mid-February. We have paid Ranger 98% of our contract for a job that is, at-best, 60% complete, and Ranger has failed to deliver thousands of dollars in paid-for materials. Why did Ranger decide to do this to our family? We’re not entirely certain, but we know they made the decision immediately after learning that they were not going to be able to get a tax write-off for the “discount” they were giving us on the project. Apparently, despite knowing that the money to fund the project was coming from the GoFundMe campaign, Ranger thought they could get a receipt from the Chive Charities that would permit them to take a tax benefit from “discounting” the cost of the project. In any event, at the end of Valentines’ Day week, Ranger walked off the project, got a lawyer involved, and told us that they would not come back to the project unless “we restructured our agreement.”
Under attack by Ranger, we had to go get counsel for ourselves. Unfortunately, we didn’t know how we would be able to afford it. Fortunately, one of our best friends is a lawyer, who now lives in Florida, and he put us in contact with a partner at his old firm Clark Hill (Jordan), and told him about our story and what was happening. Jordan and Stu at Clark Hill agreed to take our case pro bono! This was a miracle in itself, as we certainly didn’t have the money to pay for a lawyer to defend our interests, while trying to finish our house project so we might eventually return home, especially considering that Ranger took nearly all of the money we had set aside for the project.
So, back to the house. February essentially saw no work on the house, except that done by us. We got a new contractor who graciously helped us during the drywall party and is now helping us resurrect the project as best we can. We are finishing the process of determining what materials are still needed, what work is still not completed, and (even worse) what work was done incorrectly. As if this story is not enraging enough, the list of items not done correctly is significant and will need to be fixed, on top of everything else. This included having Ranger complete Griffin’s handicapped-accessible bathroom!
So here is where we are…
Ranger has nearly all of our construction money, has refused to continue working on the project, has not completed a large portion of the job or delivered a significant amount of materials we already paid for, and has done a lot of things wrong or poorly in the house that will need to be fixed. Making matters worse, since we paid Ranger all of the GoFundMe money we had, we do not have enough money to complete the work to get back into the house. We took out a loan to complete the work that we were originally responsible for and what we have left is tens of thousands of dollars short of how much we need to complete all the work. What this means is that essentially Ranger has now taken our house from us as well.
As you may be able to imagine, we are having trouble, because we can’t keep our minds from dwelling on this nightmare. Neither of us has been able to sleep well, and both of us are incredibly stressed. In fact, Krissy recently said she is “no longer happy, because all she can think about all day and night is how Ranger has destroyed what was supposed to be our dream for our family.” All I could do was hug her and nod in agreement.
While we are looking at our legal options and trying to mitigate our damages, the important thing is to get our family back into our home as soon as possible, and right now we simply can’t do that. We have been trying our best to KCCO for a couple months now, but as you can imagine having the dream that all of you handed to us last Spring taken away by the very company we hired to build it is pushing us beyond our limits. So sorry to share such sad news, but we wanted to share with all of you what has been going on. Hopefully, our luck will turn, and we’ll be able to get our family in to the house soon…
- Heston & Krissy
Updated posted by Heston Stein 3 months ago
For those that were curious how things were going and were not following the Team Griffin Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/jointeamgriffin), we are nearing completion of the rough portion of the construction of the addition. Outstanding issues left include windows and doors being installed, insulation, and siding. After those we move to the drywall, flooring, painting, and bathrooms. We are estimating being all done sometime in February or possibly into March. We are very excited and can't wait to finally have the house that all of you have given to us! =)
Updated posted by Heston Stein 9 months ago
You bet Melissa! I had created a Facebook page to keep people updated on Griffer related items here - https://www.facebook.com/jointeamgriffin. We have been looking at buying houses but have had not a lot of luck between finding one that meets our needs, is within school districts that keep Griffin in the same program, and staying near Krissy's parents. That said we are still looking, but we have also started looking into expansion of the existing house. We are working with an architect to come up with plans and costs to see how that could work. We are pretty excited and between the two options we are pretty confident we will a concrete plan soon! =)
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posted by Melissa Hannant 9 months ago
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posted by Alvaro Mendoza 11 months ago
You and your family are amazing and dedicated..... I hope to receive as much successful with my sisters fund raising to further her education to help young adults going through hard time in high school. She will be one of our helpers with these new generations of young adults.
posted by Annie Medina 11 months ago
Wow. I just read your story and I'm completely blown away. I admire your strength and courage . My prayers go out to your family and that little precious baby boy. But I do believe that God make no mistakes and that your son is made exactly the way the lord wanted him to be. I'm on this site for help with my wedding but when I saw your page, I realized that there are more serious matters going on out here. Wish I had money to donate to you because I would happily do it. I'm happy that you guys reached your goal and even more. May God bless your path of success. :-)
posted by Shell Blessed 11 months ago
May God's peace and patience be with your entire family/team! God Bless!
posted by Ron Hawkins 11 months ago
Prayers for your family I hope I can be as successful in my fundraiser for my baby cousin. She has a really rare heart condition. Shes only 8 months old. I can sort of relate with you. When I get paid im going to donate to you. God bless you!
posted by Justin Stover 11 months ago
Amazing,, God bless you!!
posted by Laura Aleman Medina 11 months ago
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
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God bless you
posted by Ross Vargas 11 months ago
You better keep us updated or else we may never stop donating ;) Chive on Steins!!!!!! :)
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A chiver in need gets help indeed
posted by Beau Browning 11 months ago
This is so beautiful! i'm using this site to bring two little ones home here with me in MI as well. Keep praying and believing. This makes me realize there are good ppl in the world who will help others in need!
posted by Sarah De Leon 11 months ago
I shared this story with a doc I work with and his comment says it all...."I guess there are still good people out there." Way to go Chivers/Chivettes! KCCO! God bless Stein family!
posted by Jason Schilder 11 months ago
Stein family, can you please share my link on fund me.
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Stein Family, your strength gives us strength! Continued blessings your way. Thank you for sharing your story. ChiveNation you are incredible. ChiveOn, ChiveStrong!
posted by Henry Herrera 11 months ago
For those who don't understand what TheChive is, this is a perfect example. It's not just the hilarious pictures, videos and eye candy. There are no true words to explain what a Chiver/Chivette is, but this page explains it all. I've never been prouder to call myself part of the ChiveNation.
posted by Jared Williams 11 months ago
Good job Chivers. 5.5x a goal is a good way to say 'we don't DO goals'.
posted by Chuck Colby 11 months ago
Will come back when I find my bank card. I can just see that expanded house now. The little guy deserves to have "no boundries". Oh, and while you are at it, make sure that you don't forget his brother and sister.
posted by Rebecca Summers 11 months ago
So yeah, about that $30,000 goal....KCCO everyone, this was amazing to watch
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