Ennis/Florita Fire Recovery Fund
On Christmas Day 2016, Marrah and Joe arrived home to find that their home was on fire, and they could not get inside to rescue their beloved dog, Rocko. Joe adopted Rocko nearly 8 years ago, right after he and Marrah met, so this beautiful boy was at the heart of their relationship for as long as they can remember. Rocko can’t be replaced, but with our help, many of the other things they lost can be.
Almost everything in the house is charred, melted, or covered in ash, and we know that the path to returning to the house, and making it a home again, may be a long one. Marrah and Joe are not at fault for the cause of the fire -- it is thought to have been an electrical fire of some sort -- and they do have basic insurance. Insurance will pay for some of the restoration of the house, but a lot of the cleanup and replacement of items will fall to them, and they will be displaced for months.
Your support will help them to replace items not covered by insurance, as well as for them to take the necessary time away from work while they deal with all the paperwork, cleaning, restoration, and replacement. They will be dealing with a lot over the coming months. They truly need our help, and your contribution will provide them with more than material support; you will be giving them peace of mind.
Please support Marrah and Joe by sharing what you can here, and by sharing this page with your friends and family. All of us who love Marrah and Joe know how warm and wonderful they are, and I know our support will be appreciated and deeply felt.
Kristen Rutledge (Joe’s sister)
Your continued prayers, and love and support are so humbling and appreciated!
I wanted to share with you some updates regarding their home.
The company ServePro has been working with Marrah and Joseph daily over this last week and this week to clear out the home of all their belongings. Each and every item must be brought out, photographed and determined as unsalvageable or an attempt will be made to salvage it. Unfortunately their salvageable items have only filled three tubs. The rest has been placed in a dumpster. They have lost all their furniture. As they finish clearing the house today and tomorrow, they will begin demolition. This will be a very hard day, please pray for them. It's terribly upsetting to see your beloved home you've worked so hard to make your own, torn to pieces.
Many questions will be answered as they get down to the studs and see the condition they are in as to whether the home will need to be taken down to it's foundation or whether they will be able to treat the studs as they stand. Please pray for strength and clarity as this new information comes to light and decisions must be made.
Again with all our hearts we thank you for your prayers and support!
They have begun sorting through the items in their home. This has been a stressful and exhausting process, not mention emotional as they see their possessions carried out covered in soot or melted. All while still grieving for their sweet Rocko. I'm placing this update to ask for continued prayers of strength for them as they continue this journey, prayers of peace for the continued emptiness left by losing Rocko, and prayers of direction, as they're going to have many decisions to make in the near future.
Again, with all my heart, thank you for loving them!
Kristen Rutledge ( Joe's sister)
Wow. Thank you so much for the generosity you all have shown Marrah and Joseph throughout this past week. They have both expressed to me their gratefulness, and they feel truly humbled. We already know that the process of returning home will be longer and more difficult than we initially expected, so please keep giving, keep sharing, and keep the faith. We can do this together!
As of now, Marrah and Joseph have been staying with family. They have received some donated clothing and been able to buy some new, and they have been taking the steps to face what’s ahead of them.
The insurance investigation is done, the timeline is still very much an unknown and the amount that insurance will pay out is very much an unknown. Furthermore, we've been told that they will need to make an itemized list of each item in their house. Doing this detailed work will take hours, and with this and other tasks they'll be missing even more work.
All this is to say that the funds we are able to raise will all be needed -- and then some. Certainly we can help rebuild their home, but everyone who contributes here is also providing them with some peace of mind, while they are missing work to deal with the many tasks at hand. Please share this cause with your family and friends. Every little bit helps tremendously, so let's see how much we can raise for these incredible people!
Thank you, friends and family, for being the silver lining in our lives. Marrah and Joe will be forever grateful.
So grateful for this outpouring of support! THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE! God bless you all! We will be there to help with the "stuff" when it is time for that, and we will be working hard at home this weekend to make sure you both have good options where to stay in the coming months. Rocko's friends, Lucy & Irma, are also looking forward to seeing more of you and Joe!
I would like to join Kira in thanking all who are so generously contributing to this fund to help our children. As we all travel through this journey of sadness and loss, we can also clearly see that we are all truly blessed to have such wonderful and supportive friends and family. The messages lift us daily. Joseph and Marrah are coping as well as can be expected considering their tremendous loss. Their friends have been over to the house several nights to try and help take their minds off of their circumstances, if only for a few minutes. Initial clothes and immediate needs have been bought. We are now waiting for the holidays, with many of the official people needed to progress in the process, to return and for the investigations to be completed, thereby generating the needed reports so that we can move forward. Much to do in the weeks and months ahead - it is a marathon, not a race. But we will take one step at a time and, as I said previously, just try to "love them through it". They need your continued thoughts and prayers as does the immediate family who is trying to do all that we can to lessen this huge burden of stress and extreme sadness that has landed on them. Thanks in advance for your continued support.