The family of six had already suffered enough with the loss of their trailer home in a fire last month.
They had no insurance. They had no money to replace their home and belongings. Then they discovered they had to pay to have the burnt remains of the trailer removed and the lot cleaned at the trailer park.
The local Red Cross helped the family with immediate needs by putting them up in a motel for a few days, but the rest was beyond its means. It contacted GraceWorks, which is the Red Cross disaster relief partner in Williamson County.
And, less than three weeks later, the family is moving into a used trailer, complete with furniture and replacements for what they had lost.
Even when GraceWorks doesn’t have the financial resources to fully resolve a catastrophe, it can coordinate with other organizations and individuals to provide a happy ending.
The Franklin and Williamson County governments agreed to provide free the dumpsters that would have cost up to $1,000 each. Franklin sanitation and street department workers are clearing the debris and cleaning the lot with the help of the father and son.
Local churches and organizations donated funds to purchase a trailer from a man who coincidentally was moving from the trailer park. Furnishings weren’t a problem either.
“We had such an outpouring of furniture donations to restore their home. It was so wonderful for the family. They almost could not contain the blessing,” said GraceWorks Client Resource Manager Rae Boyd.
Getting the family to describe what they needed was difficult, Boyd said. They were reluctant to request anything more than the basic necessities.
“The teen-age boy wouldn’t say what he had lost. I asked him if he had a Play Station or something like that, and he said, ‘None of that matters. I just want for my mom to get what she needs first. We have time for the other stuff.’
“They are such an awesome family. They’re hard-working, just trying to make it. If you don’t have insurance and you don’t have any money, with a tragedy like that, there’s no way you can get out of it without assistance – no way without someone standing up for you,” Boyd said.
— By Kathi McClure