“I never thought I’d be in this position,” said Willard, “I’ve never asked for help from anyone, but I can’t do the things I used to do.”
An automobile accident back in 2014 left him with chronic back problems that limited his ability to work and kept him on strong pain medications for multiple years. His wife Lisa works two jobs to provide for the extended family who live at the home. You see, Willard and Lisa open their home to family and friends who have fallen on tough times. “We try to provide a safe place where people can get back on their feet,” Willard shared.
Large families put a great deal of wear and tear on a home. Willard and Lisa could not afford to repair the roof when it started to leak, nor the consequential damage to ceilings and walls from water penetration.
Lisa said, “I could hear water dripping inside the walls when it rained”. Willard did what he could but ladders are out of the question for him. Windows and doors required replacement and there were electrical issues that needed resolution throughout. Bathrooms needed repairs along with the flooring in several rooms.
Good Works replaced Willard’s roof during its summer youth work camp and then continued work with general volunteers who will complete all the open projects sometime in 2019.
“Willard and Lisa have hearts of gold,” said Russ, a Good Works volunteer. “They care for everyone including their pet dogs that are just part of this large extended family.”
“I don’t let my pain get me down,” says Willard. “We are blessed and thankful that we even have a home. There are people who are in a lot worse shape than us. It’s the least we can do to open our house to others.”
Witnessing how this family welcomes people to share their home is one of the blessings that Good Works volunteers experience on each workday. “We enjoy helping them and we know we are making a difference,” says Russ. Willard enjoys the company of the volunteers on workdays too, “the more the merrier!” he smiles.
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