A series of unfortunate incidents

Mr Johnston has medical issues that prevent him from being able to work.  Mrs Johnston is an elder care provider.  And as you're about to read, they have had a continuing series of unfortunate incidents.  Those who offered to help had good intentions.  But in the end, this only compounded the problems.

It started as hail damage.  We had a severe wind and hail storm.  This caused significant damage to the shingles.  Fortunately, the Johnstons had insurance.  The bad new was, the insurance was only enough to cover materials but not labor.  So the materials were bought and a couple of volunteers were going to replace the roof.  That's where the bad luck got worse.

The volunteers tore off the old shingles and never came back, leaving the roof exposed to the elements.  A second party offered to help and made things even worse.  A third party who actually knew what they were doing tried to help, but unfortunately a change in his work schedule made it impossible to work on the house.  A fourth party offered to help, but he ended up getting COVID and could not help.

So the Johnstons did the only thing they could, they covered the roof with tarps the best they could.  You may ask, why didn't they try to find a contractor?  They did.  Unfortunately, all the contractors they spoke with were too busy because of all the damage in our area from the storm or the bid was so outrageous they just couldn't afford it.

This is when we came in. The Fort Madison "Community Neighborhood Watch" comprises smaller, independent Neighborhood Watch groups in the city of Fort Madison.  We host neighborhood meetings, host community events, hold fundraisers for school scholarships & first responders.  These independent neighborhood watch groups don't just look out for their own neighborhoods.  They're concerned for the entire city.

A member of the Lincoln Area Neighborhood Watch noticed the Johnstons home had been tarped for some months.  After inquiring if anyone in the other groups knew what the story was, two members decided to find out what they could.

After hearing about the series of unfortunate incidents plaguing the Johnstons, the two members asked for volunteers to help finish the roof before the snow hit.  So a group of 16 individuals from all walks of life gave up Thanksgiving weekend to work on the Johnston home.

65% of the roof has been completed.  Unfortunately, because of all the exposure and age of the roof, there was more damage than the volunteers could handle.  One section of the roof has to be replaced, a flat section of the roof needs reworking, the kitchen has significant water damage due to leakage.  We have a contractor working on the home.  But lack funding to get the job finished.  This is where we hope you can help the Johnstons.

Our goal is to give the Johnstons a very Merry Christmas by providing them with a safe, warm and dry home.

Thank you for your time.  We hope that you can help and please share this with others that may be able to help.


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