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Rebuild Disabled Veteran's Home

$2,160 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 1 month
Created January 10, 2018
Willard Swinson, born and raised in Clinton, NC, a college graduate with a degree in history and political science, and an Air Force Veteran, is looking for the community's help after his home was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Willard moved into his home on McKoy Street in 2002. In 2006, he suffered a devastating and life-altering fall, which left him a quadriplegic. After several years in rehabilitation hospitals, he returned to his home, now wheelchair bound. He worked to make his home safe and handicapped accessible - a process made difficult by his quadriplegia. The roof of the home began to leak.  Swinson had plumbing and roofing repairs done, but the roof still required additional repair, so it was partially covered with a tarp.


Willard survives on just veterans’ benefits and social security disability benefits. While he was trying to figure out how he could pay for the roof repairs on his limited income, Mr. Swinson was contacted by the City of Clinton in 2016 and instructed to vacate his home for code violations. Not knowing he could fight this, he moved out of his own home and moved into the first place he could find – subsidized housing for the elderly which is not handicapped accessible and for which he must pay rent which strained his very limited disability income.

Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Matthew struck, leaving Willard’s home beyond repair. Since then, Mr. Swinson has been desperately trying to get grants from a variety of government agencies to repair his home, with no success. He longs to move back to his home, the only asset he owns debt free. Regrettably, because he had moved out of his home in compliance with the City’s directive, he was later denied a Sampson County grant to repair his home because a pre-condition was that grant applicants reside in the homes they seek to repair. In 2017, the City sought to demolish the home, given its deterioration.  Mr. Swinson has tried repeatedly to get his home repaired or to get grants to get it repaired to avoid that loss.  He tried dutifully and attended all City Council meetings to attempt to defend his home, eventually the City ordered demolition, at his expense.

Henson Fuerst, a North Carolina law firm learned of Mr. Swinson's dilemma and wanted to help him save his home. Henson Fuerst reached out to multiple organizations trying to find a way to get Willard back into his home. We need the community to stand up and help.

Please donate today so we can move a veteran back into a safe home, his own home, on his own land. Please let’s all make sure that Mr. Swinson is returned to his home!

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Lots of good news for the Willard Swinson fund drive: First, a Winston Salem church group is considering donating a week of time and tools to help rebuild Willard's home. It would be great if builders in the Clinton area would also donate time and supplies.
Second, after hearing Willard's story, a British veteran has decided to spread the word and to encourage all British veterans to donate and spread the word. Keep sharing and donating!!
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We have received over $ 1700 from generous donors thus far. My cousin, Michel Duvoisin, a talented musician who lives in England, has offered to compose a song about Willard's plight. Keep those donations coming and please spread the word. We need cash and we need builders willing to donate services and materials. We have a goal of $200,000.00 and we are not giving up until Willard Swinson has an ADA compliant home!
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We have received over $ 1700 from generous donors thus far. My cousin, Michel Duvoisin, a talented musician who lives in England, has offered to compose a song about Willard's plight. Keep those donations coming and please spread the word. We need cash and we need builders willing to donate services and materials. We have a goal of $200,000.00 and we are not giving up until Willard Swinson has an ADA compliant home!
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Saturday, Willard's plight was presented to property owner's counsel from across the country at the seminal land condemnation seminar for such lawyers put on by ALI CLE in Charleston, SC and his gofundme page was put on a national condemnation blog. We are hoping to spark contributions from across the country to help Willard pay for the demolition of his home by the City of Clinton, which he will be required to pay for by the City despite his subsistence on social security income, and to build him an ADA compliant home on the footprint once the home is torn down. We have a long way to go but we are hoping for sufficient help to help this good soul live on his own land in a dwelling suitable for a wheelchair bound quadriplegic. Thank you for those from the conference who have already donated.
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$2,160 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 1 month
Created January 10, 2018
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