Thank you to all of you for your overwhelming support of Kate, Brian and Lauren over the past year. Kate's 40th Birthday last week marked one year since the truck drove through their home, killing their dog, Henry, and destroying their house to the point it was condemned. I put together a video to show the process of rebuilding and healing. Click below to watch. Love to you all and THANK YOU! XOXO
Five and a half months later....Kate, Brian and Lauren are finally moving back into their house. They have a new member of their family, Max, a 10 week old English Springer Spaniel puppy. There are a hundred boxes to be unpacked and final construction taking place. They are still awaiting the repair of many of their belongings and still dealing with insurance frustrations. It been an as overwhelming weekend but they are so glad to be home. Your financial support and positive thoughts and empathy have been invaluable during this ordeal and our whole family is forever grateful.
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I realized today that it has been exactly 4 months since Kate, Brian and Lauren's house was destroyed and 4 months today that Henry was killed by the truck that drove through their house. We all appreciate how many friends and family have been asking about them! As you can see in the photos below, they are still not back in their house, but the plan is that their house will be ready sometime in mid-September, a total of 5 months after the accident. Kate and Brian really want to thank you all for your financial assistance, generous gestures and help. Even after all of your donations, however, they are still ending up approximately $15,000 in the hole. :(
Due to recoverable depreciation and items that were depreciated as much as 60% of their value, the insurance company won’t pay for the value of all of their personal property that was destroyed. The nature of the accident is such that it permanently changed the interior and exterior structure of their house, so there are items that cannot be replaced - for example, there is no longer a wall for their antique Hoosier cabinet (valued at $2,500) so they can't replace it, therefore cannot recover the $2,500. Without getting too much into detail, attorneys have advised them that there isn't anything else legally that can be done in order for them to recover this loss. They are just out of luck.
Many of the things destroyed were not only valuable monetarily, but sentimentally (Lauren's baby photos) and family heirlooms which cannot be replaced at all.
Also, coming on the heels of their tornado experience, it is UNREAL how many hundreds of hours Brian and Kate have spent dealing with Ocwen (their horrendous mortgage company) as well as dealing with the insurance company.
All things considered they are doing well and happy to be safe. Kate, Brian and Lauren, Mittens and Sphinx (the cats) are looking forward to being home again and hopefully being lucky enough to welcome another English Springer Spaniel into their home when the time is right.
My goal with this page is to relieve all of their financial burden, if possible. Thank you all so much! And please share on your page.
Sheila Moreau (Kate's sister)
Happy Friday! I have gotten many messages asking how Kate, Brian and Lauren are doing....thank you! After hundreds of hours of research and sending the insurance company a 300 page document of personal property claims, the insurance company has requested that they get additional estimates for their antique furniture. DOES ANYONE KNOW A GOOD ANTIQUE DEALER IN THE AREA? (if so, comment on my FB or click the "contact me" link on our gofundme page).
Below is a photo of their house right now. They spent the past two weekends mulching and planting - trying to keep their property pristine despite the damage to the house. Now that they are renting a house across the street, it is very difficult driving home every day to see this view, reliving the accident and knowing that they can't yet go home.
Yes, they are SO very blessed and grateful that they are all safe, but the loss of Henry, the displacement from their home for six months and the hours of nightmare dealings with insurance issues have all taken their toll.
Our whole family appreciates your continued positive thoughts and prayers!
My niece Lauren just posted this on Facebook and I asked her if I could share it here....
"While I was showering some thoughts came to mind about Henry and I decided to write a poem about it, the poem is called "Our Dear Henry"
Our Dear Dog Henry
Our dear dog Henry loved bubbles,
he loved the snow and to get into trouble,
but one day at school my mom came and told me,
a truck drove through our house and killed our dear Henry.
Right then and there I broke down and cried,
I just did not understand why.
But with all the support and love and good thoughts, our dear Henry was sent to heaven,
and we still love him lots!"
Just a quick update on Kate, Brian and Lauren! Their house is completely emptied and the contractors have begun the four+ month rebuilding process.
Today, Brian spoke with David Rosen of Gold Trader, Inc and David told Brian that he and Dave Ratner of Dave's Soda and Pet City want to pay the adoption fees at Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center for Brian, Kate & Lauren to adopt a dog once they are ready. What an amazing gesture from two compassionate local business owners!! Thank you again to everyone for your calls, texts, emails, messages, donations, sympathies and well wishes- the Welch family so appreciates it!
Today at school, Lauren was presented with a special book, signed by the author, called "A Different Little Doggy" in memory of Henry who was killed in the accident that destroyed their home on April 14. It was given to her by East Forest Park Civic Association Vice President, Beth Hogan, who also gave one to St. Michael's Academy (Lauren's school), the neighborhood library and to TJ OConnor Animal Adoption Center. The Republican was there when the book was presented to Lauren and they wrote a beautiful story about this gift - an amazing showing of the support and kindness that is present in this close-knit neighborhood. Here is a link to the article on Masslive: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/a_small_gift_helps_after_a_car.html#incart_2box
Thank you again to all of you who have supported Kate, Brian and Lauren during this time. XOXO
Every day this week Kate, Brian and Lauren have gone to the house to meet the clean up crew, their contractors and insurance adjusters. They will be unable to move home for 3-4 months, but as of May 15 will be renting a house on their street which will be great for proximity to their house. They have had to run around to Best Buy, Lazy Boy, Kaoud, Electrolux, Oak Specialist and others as well as spend every night online all in the effort of getting quotes on all of the items they lost to submit to the insurance company. What would have been a fun April vacation has been overtaken by these tedious tasks.
Kate, Brian and Lauren did go to see Melissa Etheridge at the Calvin last night - a moment of fun for them - much deserved. Brian also went to TJ OConnor to donate Henry's dog food. Thank you again SOOOO very much for your support, prayers and positive energy! XO
We hope you all had a nice weekend! We wanted to update you as to the progress with Kate, Brian and Lauren's situation. They got to their house this morning to find out that the house had to be emptied TODAY. They had thought they would have a week to organize what they needed or could do without for the 3-4 months they will be displaced. This was a surprise to them and very difficult - for Lauren, especially. The rest of the damaged belongings and debris were thrown into a dumpster. Thank you to everyone for your support and prayers and for the many sympathy cards, donations and thoughtful gestures in honor of Henry. Kate, Brian and Lauren as well as our whole family appreciate it so much!! XO
Thank you ALL so very much for your support, thoughts, prayers and messages! Kate and Brian are meeting with contractors today. Lauren went to school and when she got there she was surrounded by about 15 supportive 6th graders!
Just a couple of very imminent ways that your contributions will help: Lauren's Geography, Math and Science text books were on the kitchen table and must be replaced. Kate is almost finished with her Master's Degree in Nursing and has to take an incomplete because there is no way she can complete her practicum now. She was supposed to finish her degree this summer, but her laptop was destroyed and she has online courses to take. I told her these are the types of things that the generosity of people here on GoFundMe can help with; making it so this tragedy does not impact Kate, Brian and Lauren any more than it has to!! So, again, thank you so much!!
Today was a very tough day as Kate, Brian, Lauren, family and friends sorted through the rubble finding torn and crumbled family photos, smashed family heirlooms, and pulverized furniture. They received a notice that their house is currently "condemned" by the City (it can be rebuilt but is currently considered uninhabitable for humans).
After their experience with the tornado, they know the drill. But this time the damage is not only structural, but includes their belongings, valuables and property. They also know that insurance covers only a percentage of the total cost of repair and replacement. In this situation it will be worse.
Again, they are lucky to be safe but having this extensive damage to their home so soon after the tornado and losing their dog in such a violent way, Kate, Brian and Lauren greatly appreciate your monetary contributions as well as your positive thoughts and prayers. THANK YOU! XO
Kate, Brian and Lauren's Home has been condemned by Springfield City Officials and deemed "uninhabitable for humans" which proves how much damage occurred. Talk about a shocking notice to see on your door!! Thank you all for your support.
Today, on my sister Kate Welch's birthday, a terrible accident occured that destroyed her family's home and killed their English springer spaniel, Henry. An out of control truck crashed through their entire house, ruining everything in its path and ending up in their backyard. Luckily, Kate, her husband Brian and their daughter Lauren were not home and are safe. However, their dog Henry, a rescue dog from TJ OConnor, did not survive. Kate and Brian's home was one of many in East Forest Park horribly damaged by the tornado in 2011. Lauren and Brian were home during that tragedy and survived. The tornado left behind physical damage, financial stress and emotional devastation - and the car crashing through the house today is even worse, if that is even possible. What are the chances that this would happen to them when they have just barely recovered from the tornado? Kate, a nurse at Mercy Medical Center, and Brian a Special Educator in Wilbraham have dedicated their careers to helping others and in their personal lives Brian, Kate and Lauren go above and beyond to help family and friends. This GoFundMe page is an effort help them cover the costs of being temporarily homeless as well as to rebuild and replace what insurances will not cover. Whatever you can afford to contribute will be appreciated by the Welch family. If you feel more comfortable sending a check, please make the check out to Brian S. Welch and mail to me, Sheila Moreau 138 Jarvis Avenue Holyoke, MA 01040. THANK YOU!
Dear Kate, Brian and Lauren,
We just want you to know that we think of you often and hope and pray that you are able to reach your monetary goal. Sometimes I wonder why we even have insurance as it doesn't seem to help when we really need it. Sending you many prayers and lots of love. Pat and Bill
Kate, Brian & family. Our hearts are with you. The flynn family is praying for a quick restoration of your family home. We are immensely saddened by the loss of your pup...Sending love and hugs my friend. xoxoxox
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