Wanda* grew up in Asheville and attended Enka High School as a teenager. But when she became pregnant at age 17, all her plans changed. She had to leave school, instead working for a local grocery store to make ends meet. With the arrival of her second daughter soon after, Wanda had to give up on all her dreams of an education and focus her energy on providing for her young family.
Thankfully, Wanda soon found a helpmeet in Eric, a man from Black Mountain. The two fell in love and married, starting a cleaning business in Eric's hometown. Wanda kept it going for twenty-five years.
Unfortunately, a car accident in 2010 severely affected her mobility. Now seventy years old, her injuries make it a struggle to navigate her home. Her damaged leg keeps her attached to her walker. Eric, too, is disabled—he suffers from a serious lung condition. Together, the couple relies on food stamps and social security checks for their living.
When their roof sprung a leak—directly over the toilet, no less—Wanda and Eric had no leftover resources to address the problem. Still, Wanda kept her spirits up. "I was the only person in Black Mountain who could take a shower while I was using the bathroom!" she said. Nevertheless, the problem was real, and Hammer & Heart was glad to step in.
Through generous donations, Hammer & Heart was able to hire a local roofing contractor to replace Wanda and Eric's roof.
The previous roof was structurally damaged and on the verge of collapsing. The roofers replaced the damaged sheathing and installed new 25-year shingles.
Wanda's response was joyful: "I live on social security and my husband and I have health issues. I want everyone who gave so generously to fix our roof, which was in very poor condition, [to know] just how much we appreciate their help. Many thanks and God bless them. Roof looks beautiful! I'm very thankful for my new roof not leaking on my toilet! Many thanks, God bless you!"
* Names have been changed to protect the privacy of those we are serving.
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