Home for Mom

Organized by: Carolyn Gwathmey

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While in West Virginia visiting my sick brother earlier this summer, my mom mentioned she was going to get a loan so she could do some work on her 1970s era mobile home (better known as a trailer, where we come from). She needed a new roof, new siding, and ceiling repairs from the roof leaks, along with many other repairs. I'm sure there is black mold in the house too, but we haven't had any tests run. My mom, 65, lives in the trailer with my brother who was diagnosed with stage 4-colon cancer last year. After speaking with my husband, we offered to buy my mom a new trailer. To our amazement, and for the first time in her life, she accepted our help so we went trailer shopping the next day. She found a beautiful two bedroom, two-bath mobile home that she just fell in love with. It gave me goose bumps seeing how excited she got. Her current trailer is dark and dreary inside with old dark carpet, wood paneling and few windows. The outside reminds me of any stereotypical rundown trailer shown on T.V. and the movies. The new trailer ($57,000) is light, airy and open and generally just a breath of fresh air. http://www.freedomhomesofripley.com/Homes/GI3655-0642/Images. My mother has lived in W.Va. her entire life. She quit school and married my dad when she was 16. After three kids and 13 years in a terrible marriage, she found the courage to leave and start a new life. She has struggled to make ends meet for years, but she always took great care of me and my brothers. She was able to purchase some land several years ago, but simply cannot afford $57,000 to buy a new trailer. She is incredibly generous and has always helped out her family, even when she had nothing to spare. My mom instilled in me all the things I needed to succeed in life: integrity, honesty, hard work, loyalty and courage. I would not be where I am today with out her. I would love nothing more than to see her in her new place living a less stressful life knowing she never has to go back to living in that depressing, dark, falling-down-around her trailer she currently lives in. (About us: My husband and I are both prior military. I spent 20 years in the Air Force and he did 22 years in the Marine Corps before being medically retired. He was injured in Iraq in 2004 – resulting in traumatic brain injury, seizure disorder, PTS. We have worked very hard on his recovery and he was able to return to work as a civilian employee in 2011. Our families have supported us through these last several years of recovery, and we would like to return the favor.)



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I hope grandma Linda gets the trailer she fell in love with! 5 years ago

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