My husband was our provider. He worked many long weeks, a lot out of town trips. He was passionate about his job of 12 years, enjoyed figuring out what broke and how to fix it. He spent many nights in his shop tinkering. He was an artist when he welded. He would get this twinkle in his eye when his buddy and him would tinker. He was always helping others, didn't matter how tired, sore, or if there was rain, he was there. He always had every ones back. He was his family's rock when his dad had heart issues four years ago. He was the glue that kept everyone when his mother was diagnosed with cancer a year and half ago. His love for his family and friends was unconditional.
I do work, but it is only part time because having a parent home was/is important to us. Our daughter just turned 17 in November.She is a junior in high school She was his world.
We never got around to saving up money. We did not plan ahead, we thought we had time. There is no insurance to help.
After inspecting the home, I have learned that I have 2 real options. I can not afford my payment and monthly bills. As I could not make my December payment, I used that money to lay him to rest. I am outta of options. I know we will have to move and we don't really want to.
First repair issues and sell and have money to start over. Repairs needed- Roof(it's beyond years in age), gutters, dry rot (gutters area), bathroom remodel(as shower does not work, plumbing issue and leak), a heat source (we use space heaters, we have no other heat) flooring (most of house), and outside steps replaced. Plus what ever pops up.
Second walk away and have nothing to start with. Walking away is not how Jonathan and I did things. I don't want to walk away from our home with nothing, when it meant so much more. I want to look back and know I tried my best.
By fixing the house, I will be able to sell it and have the money to find a place my daughter and I can call our new home. By selling I will be able to have money to put away for college for her. Selling our home would allow us to have an easier start on finding our new normal without Jonathan. Going from a safe home, income, and insurance to state assistance, no insurance yet, and the fear of what to do, it would be, for me, a blessing of relief that we are going to be ok. I want my daughter to have peace of mind that we are going to be ok. Selling our home would be our best chance.
It has only been a few weeks since he has passed. I have to act quickly. Because he was our provider of income, I will not be able to keep up on our payments. I need to get repairs done quickly, so I can get it on the market.
Thank you for taking a moment to read this. It is difficult to ask for help when it is so minor compared to so many others. My husband and I took pride that we owned our own home. We held our own and helped when we could. He was my rock, I miss him everyday. Please help me make this happen. We could really use the help.
If you are local to me and have materials that could be donated, I am open to all options to make this happen.
Funds will go towards materials needed and/or to pay labor. If goal is met, extra funds will go towards monthly bills until house is sold.
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