Help the Sharkey's Repair Damaged Home!!
Spc. Michael Sharkey and his wife Danielle, are a typical Army family. They got orders to go to Hawaii, then closed up their New Port Richey, FL home and obeyed those orders. Then Michael got deployed to Afghanistan for a year.
Earlier this year, while Michael was still in Afghanistan, Danielle found out that squatters had broken in to their home and were illegally living there. She flew to Florida, call the Sheriff's office, only to be told that it was a "civil" matter to get the criminals out.
After discovering that the costs to remove the squatters would be horrendous and could take months, a friend of the Sharkey's contacted WFLA Channel 8 "Eight on Your Side". WFLA started investigating and running a story about the Sharkey's dilemma. Their story went "viral" - people from all over the country wanted to help remove the squatters.
VeteranWarriors contacted WFLA and got the ball rolling! Within 24 hours, with the assistance of Sand Soldiers of America, we helped the Sharkeys' get an attorney, who immediately served the squatters with a 24 hour notice to quit. Ironically, the publicity generated by WFLA's story provoked citizens to "encourage" the squatters to leave immediately!
The squatters are out legally and the property is now under the care and supervision of VeteranWarriors until the Sharkeys return June 1st!!
The squatters left the Sharkey's home in a disgusting state. Beyond the filth, dog feces, trashed furniture and garbage, there are some significant repairs to be made:
1. Roof has a 4" hole and mulitple sections of what appear to be deliberate damage
2. There are 3 cabinets in the kitchen that the squatters put in. They are on the floor and destroyed.
3. The tile in the kitchen is destroyed.
4. The bedrooms have laminate wood floors. The squatters dogs LIVED in these rooms - and used the floors as their bathroom!
5. The sliding door is destroyed as is the living room window.
6. There is a disgusting large pool in the back yard that needs to be removed.
7. The garage was turned into an illegal "bedroom". It needs to go back to being a garage.
8. The squatters bypassed the electric meter...a licensed electrician needs to hook it all up.
9. Painting all the rooms and the exterior.
10. Clean up the yard and put down some sod...most of the yard is now dirt from the squatters dogs.
11. All the screen from the patio is gone. Needs to be rescreened.
If you wish to donate, all proceeds will go directly to the repairs of the residence to make this a HOME again for this American Hero!
If you wish to offer materials, services or labor; please EMAIL US at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is the WFLA link to their story.
What an AMAZING DAY!!! Weeks of hard work for hundreds of volunteers, contractors, family and friends!
We were able to welcome Michael Sharkey , Danielle Sharkey and their sons home to their beautiful new house today!
Our most sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the support, assistance, work and donations by;
Arthur Price Port a John,
Booth and Cook Law Office,
Brian and Sally Tirrell,
Chris Brooks - Brooks Brothers Landscaping, Inc.,
Custom Creations Kitchens & More,
Garrett Rhodes Electric,
H2O Plumbing Solutions,
Harry Hale Tree Service,
Home Performance Alliance,
Jeff Murphy – BMFHI, Inc.
Minto Communities - Florida Sun City Center
Nelson's Pest Control,
New York Life Insurance Company of TampaVolunteers
Nick’s Pressure Cleaning,
Paul Davis Restoration of the Nature Coast,
Pest Away Exterminators,
Petersen Service Corp.,
Quality Ceiling Refinishing Inc.,
Recoat of Tampa Bay,
Rent-A-Center of New Port Richey,
S & G Garage Doors,
Sam's Club Volunteers,
Sand Soldiers of America,
Shelley Herrin Crain,
The Blue Dolphin Restaurant of Hudson
And last but not least, the 85 people or organizations who donated financial contributions to the project, which allowed us to purchase the things needed that were not donated.
Yesterday, we were able to secure a Kabota (loaned to us from Jerry Smithson of Amusement Risk Management of New Port Richey) for Saturday to move the rest of the unneeded dirt. Chris Brooks of Brooks Brother's Landscaping is donating a dump trailer for the morning so that we can get rid of the last of the extra topsoil from the house.
We had to hire Brian Tirrell (a freelance flooring contractor) to remove the remnants of the kitchen floor. We purchased all new flooring for the kitchen and bedrooms. Brian will be installing it all today and tomorrow.
We purchased the new kitchen sink, the new toilet and all the exterior paint and supplies needed for the big painting party starting Saturday!
New York Life Insurance Company - Tampa Operations, has volunteers who are coming out to help us paint on Saturday! We will get the entire exterior finished! Anyone wishing to join the PAINTING PARTY - This Saturday...be at the house at 9:00AM!
The permit has been requested for the roof by TEAM Farrell Roofing, though it has not been approved yet (normal process). While we are waiting, we will be patching the holes in the roof, so that the exterminator - Pest Away Exterminators - can come back and do their full treatment of the house.
Some final repairs need to be made to the interior walls and Quality Ceiling Refinishing is coming back to take care of that before we start painting the interior.
We have to once again thank Lowes in Port Richey, Florida for their continued support of this mission! All the supplies and materials we have had to purchase, they have generously given at cost and even donated over $2000 in materials.
We hope to have the AC up and running by Tuesday to get the interior painted...hope to know over the next day or so!
Next Tuesday, Brooks Brother's Landscaping is returning and working their magic on the lawn! (Can't wait to see what they come up with!).
Premier Coatings will be in to epoxy the garage floor early next week.
The cabinets will be installed next Wednesday.
Then H2O Plumbing Solutions will come and install a new water heater and connect all the faucets and commode.
Next will be Garrett Rhodes (electrician) installing the new light fixtures and ReCoat of Tampa Bay reglazing the bathtub.
It's coming along...
We went to Lowes (Port Richey, FL) yesterday.
Tony, the Assistant Manager donated all the new "millworks" (doors and moldings) we needed. He gave us the appliances, a new steel entry door for the back of the house and all the handles at cost.
To date, Lowes has donated over $2000 in materials to this project!
The garage is painted and Premier Coatings will be coming out this week to epoxy the floor.
Everything is stripped out of the house and the next step is for Paul Davis Restoration to demo the existing tile and install new tile floors.
Team Farrell Roofing has applied for the permit for the roof and the shingle color has been selected.
Aire Associates is trying to work out getting a new AC unit...hope to hear this coming week.
Anthony Pesce of Quality Ceiling Refinishing, came out and decided he wasn't happy with the final result of the ceiling work. He is sending his team back out this week to re-shoot the work and repair the wall where the kitchen sink was.
DJ Heavyweight, the Cabinet Maker, has the full plan and colors for the cabinets.
H2O Plumbing Solutions came and capped off the damaged sprinkler system. They are installing a new hot water tank this week.
Garrett Rhodes Electrical Services installed all new can lighting in the kitchen to upgrade and modernize the lighting. VeteranWarriors will be purchasing the rest of the fixtures next week and Garrett Rhodes will be installing them after the flooring is in.
We were able to pick up a brand new, still in the box "Miami" style security door at Habitat for Humanity for 50% off retail. These are perfect for Florida weather...provide great security but all screen and steel. That will be installed after the exterior of the house is painted.
Jeff Murphy, a local Glazer, had offered to repair the existing windows, since the new ones from Home Performance Alliance, won't be in for several weeks. We got very lucky...he found exact matching sashes in his "stockpile" and installed them the other day. They don't operate like new, but at least these look better than the "plywood" and do operate.
Cleanup begins at soldier's damaged home in New Port Richey
Posted: Apr 26, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Updated: Apr 26, 2014 1:15 PM EDT
By Shannon Behnken - bio | email
A group of volunteers showed up Saturday morning to begin the cleanup process.A group of volunteers showed up Saturday morning to begin the cleanup process.
A dumpster that was dropped off on Friday was nearly full within an hour.A dumpster that was dropped off on Friday was nearly full within an hour.
The squatters vacated the home of Michael Sharkey earlier this week.The squatters vacated the home of Michael Sharkey earlier this week.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - Donations and volunteers poured in Friday night to help a soldier who fought to get his New Port Richey home back from squatters.
Veterans Warriors plan a massive cleanup and renovation at the residence on Westend Ave. The major lifting is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks.
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Saturday morning a group of veterans and other volunteers met at the home to begin the cleanup process. The quickly picked up debris strewn about the yard and inside the home and placed it in a dumpster that was dropped off on Friday.
Army Specialist Michael Sharkey is stationed on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. That's where he was when a friend informed him that someone was living inside his home.
He's overwhelmed at the outpouring of support he's received from the community after 8 On Your Side told the story.
"You have my utmost gratitude," Sharkey said. "That's for everybody that's done everything."
Sharkey is a mechanic that works on Chinook helicopters. As much as he wanted to he was unable to fly home when he first heard about the squatters.
"The friend of mine went by the house a couple of times, saw it was vacant and had the yard taken care of," he recalled. "Then she went by another time and said there's people living in your house, did you rent it? And I said no; the house is supposed to be empty. There's no power, the house is supposed to be empty."
Julio Ortiz and his girlfriend "“ who both have extensive criminal backgrounds "“ had moved in. A few days ago they packed up their belongings and left the home for good.
I am a Soldiers' Angel and live in France, and wish I could come and help you clean up the mess...
what a low life that did this.. he serving his country to protect our freedoms and that of the creeps and that's the thanks he gets,