Jim Sorenson could use our help

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In the 1980s and 90s Seattle T-shirt and silkscreen printing legend Jim Sorenson seemed to be designing and printing T-shirts for nearly every Seattle band and working at nearly every Northwest show. Many of us used his services and enjoyed his good company and humor.

In the last few years, Jim has had some diabetic health issues and his right leg was amputated below the knee. Since then he has been unable to work and is on disability. A year ago, his longtime Seattle rental house was sold and he searched for a place to move he could afford which ended up being off the beaten path in Elma, Washington. His one year lease is up next month and unfortunately for reasons beyond his control, he has been given notice once again. He is hoping to find another place within 20 miles or so of where he is.

He developed a diabetic foot ulcer on his left foot which is healing but at a slow rate, and on doctor's orders has to stay off it as much as possible. His attitude is good and he is getting fitted for a new prosthetic soon, but between the health challenges and the meager fixed income, he could really use our help right now. 

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The good news is that Jim is out of his rental with just a bit of cleaning left. He utilized movers and a rental U-Haul and got things moved into storage and has now moved into a motorhome at an RV park. Unfortunately the bad news is he got burned on that motorhome purchase. Once he hooked it up to water, leaks started coming out from everywhere. On closer inspection Jim could see these leaks were not new and under the carpet there was some old water damage to the floors. When he tried to return to the seller he was told his purchase had been "as is." Unfortunately, this seller concocted a story and took advantage of our friend's disability and desperation.

Jim is considering his small claims court option, but at this point has moved into it (without water and trying to figure out if AC is working properly) since he'd already paid for the RV rental space and licensing the vehicle. Jim is enduring the challenges, has an appointment today to try and get his prosthetic better fitted and is remaining steadfast in getting through this in spite of the setback. At this point he is looking for a different inexpensive motorhome, but also seeing if he can fix this one.

Thank you all for your well wishes and donations. They have been extremely appreciated and utilized as he moves forward and closer to getting stabilized.
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With the eviction deadline looming, the landlord pressuring Jim, and no reasonable rental housing in sight, the potential for homelessness has been looming for our friend. But the great news is that yesterday Jim was able to purchase a 1985 Flair motorhome and today he was able to find an RV park and drive his motorhome there.

It was a motorhome he had tried to purchase a week ago but at that time it had quickly sold. A week ago another guy purchased it, but then realized it was too small for his wife and three teenage sons. So it went back on the market at the same price and Jim got himself his new home.

Jim checked out two RV parks today and drove it to a spot in the second one. It's month-to-month rent there so if a better place shows up he has flexibility to move. The water and electrical hookup are to follow but his motorhome is paid for, parked and rent is paid. So the immediate housing situation has been taken care of.

Unfortunately, his new prosthetic boot on the foot has created new problems with his bone spurs and related pain issues. But he has hired movers this coming Sunday to help move the last of his items into storage. Hopefully he can soon be sitting in his motorhome and able to give his foot some rest.
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This update from Jim:
I am out of the hospital but spent the first day just getting sleep that didn't happen in the hospital. Since then, my younger sister has come down here to Elma to help pack and load truck for storage. As far as finding housing, I am still fighting the property management companies and their ridiculous rent requirements. But there doesn't seem to be any housing for lower/fixed income folks like me. I’ve started looking at motorhomes and 5th wheel trailers, it’s getting that desperate.

My rent has been $850. I wish I could find a way to finance a house. You can get some relatively inexpensive houses around here for between 50-70k. And a mortgage on that would be less than what I’ve been paying in rent. And I could afford it with my SSI.

This coming week is already almost entirely full with doctor appointments: eyes, checking new crow boot fit, cardiologist and more. Meanwhile, back to Sis doing the heavy lifting, while I supervise . . .
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It's been a tough week for Jim but I wanted to update all of you on the situation. For a while, Jim has had an ulcer in his remaining foot. He knew he had an infection but he's been having lab tests and going to doctor appointments. But the last time the nurse took his boot off it had gotten quite bad and he's been growing wearier and wearier and having to rest longer while trying to organize things to move and to get the things in his garage into storage.

Yesterday he had an appointment in Aberdeen and started off on the 20 mile drive. He thought he had enough gas but ran out of gas, luckily right across from a Chevron station. He made it across the highway, got two gallons of gas, but then physically couldn't make it back. He knelt down on the side of the road and rolled over on his back. A guy saw him and tried to assist. Jim told him he could assist by taking the gas over and putting it in the back of his truck.

Then a man and woman stopped and got on either side of him and carried him football-player style across the highway to his truck. He put the gas in his truck and continued on to the hospital. But when he arrived there, Jim made it to the hospital door but then collapsed to his knees and could not get up.

He was put in a wheelchair and wheeled in and after being looked at and questioned, Jim was informed that he was going to be admitted to Emergency. Because of the strain from moving, the ulcer in his foot had "gone septic" and it was hospitalization or lose his foot and/or die. So he is recovering in the hospital right now.

At this point, Jim is resting and does not have his phone charger with him. He has been touched by all your well wishes but does not want to take calls. But if he's there awhile, we will update.

I myself am 90 miles from him. I drove up to Aberdeen/Hoquiam last week for a day to peruse looking for housing rentals for him but did not find anything. I realized that Washington state "rental world" is much different now even in a down market like Aberdeen/Hoquiam.

He wants to stay in Grays County as it took him a year to get his medical records and care transferred to that County. But if anyone has any Grays County housing options/ideas please let me know.
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