Imagine how you’d feel if you paid thousands of dollars to have an addition built onto your home only to discover it falling through the floor and infested with black mold less than five years after its completion. Now imagine how you’d feel if you could barely make ends meet and had scraped together every penny to build that much needed room for your child who was born with severe cerebral palsy and at 14-years-old is non-verbal, non-weightbearing and reliant upon 24/7 specialized care.
This scenario is not imaginary for Voreina and her family. It’s very real. It’s the tragic result of egregious malpractice by a contractor who took advantage of a vulnerable family of legal immigrants desperate to provide safety and care for their daughter with severe disabilities and their two older children in their small home in Antioch, Tennessee.
In 2007, Voriena's family purchased a Habitat for Humanity home in the Antioch area. Based on Voriena’s daily care needs which include space for special equipment and therapy, the family realized they needed to add an addition to their ill-equipped home. As she grows older, these needs will only increase.
In 2012, Voriena's family paid a contractor to build the much-needed addition to their home for approximately $50,000. Unfortunately, the contractor failed to conform to industry construction standards and regulations. In 2013, the addition was “finished,” but immediately the family saw problems that the contractor wouldn’t address.
By 2015, Voriena’s family started to experience serious problems as a result of the construction. The footings are improperly installed, there is no vapor barrier, there were no gutters installed, there was no insulation, there are inferior framing materials that have since rotted. The entire addition is falling through the floor and infested with black mold. The condition is completely uninhabitable for anyone. In order to protect Voreina, a temporary wall barrier has been installed between the home and the addition.
While this story could very much be about being scammed and defrauded by an unscrupulous contractor, the most compelling part of the story is the family’s dedication to care for their daughter, and their ability to overcome these most horrendous challenges. But they need help. At its heart, this is a story about the triumph of community around this family.
At this juncture, there are not many legal opportunities left for the family because the damage did not show up until after much of the statute of limitations had tolled. In addition, they have tried a number of community resources, but given the communication challenges, they have been unable to garner the advocates and real support needed to rectify the condition this young girl is living in.
Tucker’s House has joined in the efforts to tell precious Voreina’s story and help this family. Our mission is to help families of children with special needs to have safe, accessible homes. At this point, a complete demolition of the existing home addition structure is needed, as well as a complete rebuild. The cost of this project will likely exceed $60,000.
Tucker’s House consistently helps families just like Voreina’s. Every donation made goes to helping families who are desperate, many struggling to make ends meet due to the financial strain of raising a child with specialized care needs.
When you make a donation to Tucker’s House, you can count on a team of experts who makes every dollar stretch and assures these families are provided with the care, respect, and professionalism they deserve. Please consider donating to Tucker’s House. You will be helping children like Voreina live dignified lives in a safe, accessible, and inclusive home.
Tucker’s House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to this fund will be used toward helping multiple families.