The story – More than 6 months ago, this family had a kitchen fire and were forced to move into a hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Comnenoi are in their 70s and in horrible health. Illnesses include but are not limited to advanced stage cancer and Parkinson’s disease. They just buried their 40 year old son who died of cancer. They are now guardians for their 14 year old grandson who is in 8th grade.
When their insurance carrier initially estimated the cost to the repair the house, they forwarded this family an initial check for about $16,000 to get the project started. While this was not the full amount needed, the real issue is the family hired an unethical contractor who took that money and ran, after doing very little work and leaving more damage to be repaired. On behalf of the family, we are pursuing them through the Maryland Home Improvement Commission, but this will be a long, drawn-out process with no certainty of a positive financial outcome.
Our involvement began when we received a call from an insurance agency partner in mid January. Since the call, we have worked with the agent, the homeowner George and his family, their social worker and several adjusters who all agree that the total cost to repair the house is $23,987.04. With an additional payment from the insurance carrier, we have been left with a shortfall of $20,911.03.
The insurance carrier has gone above and beyond in an effort to help Mr. George, but there are no additional funds forthcoming. They, understandably, cannot pay for the same work twice, and all attempts to reach the previous contractor have been met with silence. The blame for this entire situation rests with the previous contractor.
We are committed to raise $20,000 ASAP to assist this family. PuroClean is starting with a donation of $2,000 and are hoping to raise the additional $18,000 from our friends and partners. We are hoping for donations of $500 or more in the next 24 hours. Given the funds, we can get this family out of their hotel and back in their house in one week.
Thanks in advance for your consideration and support. On behalf of our office and all of our insurance industry partners.
- Tim Walsh (Principal) & Andrea Dawes (VP of Sales)
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