New Beginnings after fire.

Hello, my name is Johao Rios and on December 11, 2017 my father, my cat Kato, and I lost our home to a 2 alarm fire. The fire started 2 units over due to faulty electrical work sparking fire that ended up several damaging the three center units of the building and effecting everyone that lived in the 8 unit building.

Unfortunately our townhome was one of the three that sustained the worst of the damage. We lost almost everything in the home. Luckly my father's room was untouched by the fire but everything outside of his room was lost due to fire damage, water damage or was covered in drywall and insulation. Also because more than 51 % of the building being damaged, they have condemned and will not be rebuilding any time soon.

I do have a full time job and my father is on a fixed income but werent financially prepared to have first, last, and deposit for a new home since we have been here almost 4 years and did not planning on leaving. I have only been at my job for a month after being unemployed because of my previous employer closing all locations in July of this summer. So I have no savings to fall back on. Everything in the home I am not worried about right now. We just need a home. I need security for my family. We have been in a motel since the fire thankfully but it's not a home.

We just need a little help to be able to afford a new place. Anything helps and is very much appreciated by all of us. If you aren't able to help with any fund it's ok but if you could just share this it would help us alot. Thank you for taking the time to read out story.

Stay positive people and love each other.

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