Welch Home Destroyed: Rebuild & Replace

$11,335 of $15k goal

Raised by 146 people in 27 months
Sheila Moreau   SPRINGFIELD, MA





http://www.wggb.com/2014/04/14/car-crashes-through-home-in-springfield/

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!   
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Update 13
15 months ago
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
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! XOXO
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Update 12
22 months ago
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.
boxes of belongings returned from storage
their whole life packed up
repaired home and new puppy "Max"
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Update 11
23 months ago
PLEASE SHARE THIS UPDATE!:)
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.
XO!!
Sheila Moreau (Kate's sister)
front picture window - big difference!!
new kitchen
Dining room
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Update 10
26 months ago
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!
View of The Welch home now
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$11,335 of $15k goal

Raised by 146 people in 27 months
Created April 14, 2014
$100
Anonymous
23 months ago
PL
$200
Pat and Bill Lyman/Olszewski
23 months ago

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

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KS
$50
kate simonds
25 months ago
KC
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Kate Cote
26 months ago

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet and all of the pain you're going through. I know this is not much but I hope that it helps.

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Anonymous
26 months ago
MW
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Michelle Macri Will
27 months ago

Love you guys and praying for you!

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AM
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Amy MacLeod
27 months ago

My thoughts are with you guys xoxo

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Anonymous
27 months ago
NS
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Nora & Greg Schmidt
27 months ago
VF
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Valli Jo Flynn
27 months ago

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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