Thursday, July 20, 2006
That's Just Wrong: Construction
Many families spend thousands of dollars and hours upkeeping their homes. But when one woman hired a charity to help fix her mother's house, she never thought she'd be waiting over a year for them to finish the job. Now, she says the way they left her home isn't just hazardous, it's just wrong.
WSVN--For Linda Bellinger, home really is where the heart is.
Linda Bellinger: "My mom loved to cook, and like I said, my dad was a very strict person."
But this wasn't just an ordinary home.
This house was a place the whole family took pride in, especially her mother.
Linda Bellinger: "She was the one that went for it, signed the papers, put down a down payment everything."
Unfortunately, after Linda's dad died, it was hard to maintain the place.
So last year, Linda signed her mom up with a charity organization for help.
Linda Bellinger: "They told me they're renovating houses, like 30 houses in this area and I put her name because I knew my father dead. and he kept up the house cause he was a construction worker."
Then last April, crews finally arrived.
They made big promises, just little progress.
Linda Bellinger: "They painted and they put lights. The put lights up there. The plumbing, the electricity and there were some old boards in the floor, which they did that. They put bars in the bathroom."
But most of the jobs were left half done or not done at all.
Like these rocks for a drainage system were left under a bush.
This door on the back porch sits un-hung.
Linda Bellinger: "They didn't finish the painting of the bars. They were supposed to fix the toilet."
From the kitchen...
Linda Bellinger: "I have to use a lamp, because there's not enough light. He was supposed to put handles on the cabinets."
To the dining room...
Linda Bellinger: "About a week it (ceiling fan) worked and then after that it didn't."
To the bedroom.
Linda Bellinger: "This one (window) doesn't even come up. It's supposed to but it wont."
The work took so long, Linda's mom died before ever seeing the house she loved repaired.
Now, Linda doesn't know much but about construction, but she does know how to fix a problem by calling that's just wrong.
When we contacted the charity's director James McCant, he explained his organization plans one day a year where volunteers fix homes for the elderly and handicapped for free. But they never make any guarantees.
Linda Bellinger: "If we can do anything to help that specific person have a better quality of life then we're going to try to pursue that within the means that we have at hand."
McCant was so concerned when we told him about Linda's mother, he convinced the contractor who worked on her house to make some immediate repairs.
"The contractor is going out there right now."
For Linda, it couldn't be soon enough.
She knows seeing the house restored will provide relief and closure for the entire family.
"She was proud of this house."
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