If there is one thing that is synonymous with family it’s the worry because our family, siblings, parents and even friends are close to our thoughts and to wonder how they are doing and genuinely care, really shows our love!
There are though, unfortunately, a lot of people that do not have families to look after them and to help them out in desperate times. As it happens Theresa Hernandez was in this position.
Theresa was 71 years old, living out of a car parked in Arizona, at the front of her house. There was no running water she could use and she had no electricity either so she would sleep in her car that was not drivable anymore.
Fortunately, Justin Hernandez, her neighbour, however, the name suggests, he was quite unrelated to her, decided to call in on her. Having only moved into the area about a month ago it pulled on his heartstrings to see how his next door neighbour was living.
“It tore my heart. It broke my heart” … “A 71-year-old woman sitting out here in 110-degree weather isn’t alright.”
“I figure if this was my nana or my mom, I wouldn’t want her to live like this, so I had to do something to help get her back into her home.”
Justin found out that the reason why the woman couldn’t live in her home was that the inside of it was a complete mess!
Excrement and Trash and dirt were on the inside of the house. Theresa told him that after her husband passed away she really couldn’t take care of the house and the two dogs on her own.
“So my jalopy became my home”
Justin started a Facebook page called ‘Paying it Forward’ and sure enough, complete strangers began to pitch in to help!
People donated money and some people showed up as a group to help clean up! Craftsmen came to help restore the house with plumbing and electricity, happy to help out and offer their services to get all the essential utilities up and running again.
Theresa could not have been more thankful and indebted to everyone, she said:
“I don’t know what I would do without people like them” … “What the world would do without people like them. There are very few.”
The house will, for sure, need a lot of work before it can be called finished and be in a livable state again, but thanks to everyone’s help, time and dedication it getting there quickly!
The neighbour said:
“I don’t believe we’re going to have it done right away, it’s going to be a process” … “It’s going to be a long process, but at least we all got together and everyone’s trying to help Miss Theresa get back into her home.”