Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Moving Forward - quickly

My oh my have we been busy! It's difficult to recall everything!

For the past couple of days it's been answering phones, making home visits and answering more phone calls. Some of our homeowners have been a bit confused by the change of things but we have reassured them that we will still be helping them -- we committed to doing so and we're not backing out of our committment to them!

We stopped by Terri's yesterday and took her a copy of a prayer that has been very special and helpful to us. She isn't working at the moment and was catching up on some rest. She sends her thanks to all who have been holding her up in prayer.

Another stop took us to Hai's house. She was happy to hand over some shrimp she had cleaned and frozen for us. Khanh had called me last week and had all sorts of fresh fish. I picked it up and took most of it to Hai. She insisited on cleaning it and us taking some of the shrimp. Now we just have to cook it (cooking fish inside a camper trailer isn't the best thing to do)!!

Vicky called this afternoon to make sure things were progressing forward for her. She has all her paperwork turned in and we are now awaiting an estimate for the remainder of the work needing done on her home before taking it before the funding request committee. She is getting excited that things are moving forward.

We also made a home visit to Paul and Linda. They were a direct referral from the Mental Health group. What an amazing family!! They have taken in 3 teenage boys and done miraculous things with them! Nothing short of angels!! They did what they could do to patch up their home but the roof is leaking, the outside siding is not done and the kitchen needs gutted and redone. Once again they are getting their paperwork in order for me to pick up, get an estimate and take it to the funding table. The only thing that concerns them is that their boys are not embarrassed of their home!!!

Marie is now getting her laminate floors installed. They are a beautiful oak color and she is thrilled. Hopefully everything will be done in a couple of weeks and she will be completely home!

We made a return trip to see about Garaldeen. She took all of her FEMA funds and purchased a new/used mobile home to replace the one that was destroyed beyond repair. She is getting some more paperwork ready and we will also be taking this one to funding to get the electric and plumbing run to the trailer, a couple of decks built and call them in and safe. We might need to do a ramp on the deck as it looks like Joe will need his other foot operated on and those toes also amputated!

The last thing on our agenda for today was finding a chiropractor! Usually this is one of the first things we do when we relocate and this time it just didn't happen. Monty was in misery with mid back pain and after having a heart attack at the age of 39 any time there is chest pain, no matter where it originates, it's not a good thing. God has a way of watching over us and providing just what we need at the exact time we need it --- Monty stopped in the gas station and was asking the clerk if they knew of a good chiropractor when the lady in line behind him said she was one! She welcomed to her office the next hour and he is now feeling much better. He will need to return tomorrow as he was quite the mess!

Tomorrow morning is our weekly case management meeting and I will be presenting Benjamin and Rita's case for funding approval. I pray I have all my ducks in a row and all will be approved and they can then get the funds to bring that home to completion. It can be tricky getting papers ready but I think I'm there.

Once again, we thank you for all your support -- and once again as we make yet another transition in this ever changing world of disaster relief! Another chapter is being born!

Until next time . . . be blessed. Susan and Monty
PS Hope you noticed the new and updated photo of the both of us -- taken by Marie's daughter, Amy!

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