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Repair our home

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To whom it may concern,
We were hoping not to have to write a letter. We aren’t ones to ask for
help. We have just tried to do everything we can think of. We would love
to stay in our home, the place we grew up, the place we want our kids to
grow up.
A little backstory. My family moved to the wood river valley in 2000 from
Salt Lake City. I was getting ready to start 8th grade in school, I met
several friends and even my wife though I had no idea at the time we would
be together. I went to high school, and I joined the army at 17 years old.
I went to boot camp at Ft. Knox back when it was the home of the Calvary.
I turned 18 just after graduation and served my first 4 years in the
National Guard reclassing several times throughout my career. After I was
done in the National Guard I went to the army reserves where I stayed for
an additional 8 years.
I married my first wife at 27 years old. While we were away going to
college, me studying drafting and her going into nursing. We thought we
had the rest of our lives ahead of us. My wife and I were expecting a son
and when she reached 27 weeks, she collapsed. I called 911 and started CPR
on her but alas she never came too. Turns out she had an aneurysm that was
missed. Then she became brain dead and relied on a ventilator.
Fortunately, the doctors were able to save our son. For me to be able to
raise him I had to move back to the place I have always called home. To
the Wood River Valley. For two and a half years I was lost and just
working to provide for my son.
One afternoon while going to lunch I ran into this lady who was so happy
to see me. I hadn’t felt joy since my wife passed, besides getting to hold
my son for the first time. I was on autopilot most days until this lady
rebuilt a fire in my soul.
We had to live with our parents because with the medical debt that piled
up, high my credit was shot. So, we endured living with family till our
credit was at a good place.
Then we started to look for a house. We looked at a lot of fixer uppers
and a lot of houses that could fit our budget on a one income family. We
know that’s not so common these days but my wife has seizures; being
neurodivergent it is very difficult for her to hold down a job, let alone
work enough to pay for childcare. So we decided that her job is to provide
childcare for our family of now three sons.
Seeing home prices skyrocketing, we felt we didn’t have much time. We
found a place. Little did we know that there were structural inadequacies
and code issues. Two years after moving into this home we finally got a
good amount of snow that caused an ice dam, to where it started to rain in
the living room and so we had to call in a mitigation company. We went
with Servpro due to their commitment to get the job done. To get the water
and mold out of our house. While Servpro went in to demo the walls so they
could dry out the structure. We initially thought the ice dam was all of
our problems; they continued to follow mold and found more problems.

The roof and exterior walls were not sheeted with vapor and moisture
barrier. There are issues with exterior wall framing and headers and the
big problem is the home was built with trusses that are not up to the
standard set forth by the city of Bellevue. We were advised to get a
structural engineer to assess the trusses. After having a structural
engineer, assess the trusses he has determined that they are inadequate
for snow load requirements for Bellevue.
Shortly after purchasing our home, we caught Covid and were out of work
for a couple weeks. This put a large financial strain on us. Being out of
work with Covid again two more times in the the past three years caused us
to get a little bit behind on our mortgage. Our mortgage company was
willing to work with us and what we ended up doing was a loan modification
which placed a lien on our home to be paid at the end of our current
mortgage or at the time of selling our home. This has made it impossible
to refinance our home in order to pay for the repairs. And money was
already tight before the condition of the house was apparent.
We wish we didn’t have to ask for help, but we just can’t seem to come up
with any way to get our home repaired so that it is possible to live in.
We’d be grateful to find a solution.



  • Anonymous
    • $300 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
  • Ryan Stadelman
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Blaine County Charitable Foundation
    • $5,000 (Offline)
    • 3 mos
  • Daryl Fauth
    • $1,000 
    • 3 mos
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 3 mos

Fundraising team (3)

Mathew Lewis
Raised $650 from 4 donations
Bellevue, ID
Anna Mathieu
Team member
Raised $10,325 from 6 donations
Mary Fauth
Team member
Raised $6,500 from 3 donations

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