We Need Your Help to Help a Veteran!
Recently Habitat for Humanity was given a profound opportunity to work with an honored, Vietnam veteran, Felix Lopez. Felix’s brother, Jim Lopez, came to Habitat desperately seeking assistance with cleaning and repairing his brother’s home in Visalia. Felix had to be rushed to the hospital for open heart surgery after being found on the floor of his home. Felix has lived in his home for 40 years and in recent years his home has fallen into extreme disrepair. There were piles of discarded items in every room, the yard was overcome with dead trees and over-grown vegetation, and the exterior paint on the home was peeling and falling way, leaving the wood exposed to the elements.
Jim tried to clean-up the property after Felix was admitted to the hospital but found the job was just too overwhelming for him to handle alone.
A friend recommended the services of Habitat for Humanity. He had heard of Habitat for Humanity but was not aware that the local affiliate also did home repairs. After meeting with Henry Gerardo, Habitat’s Home Repair Coordinator, Habitat started scheduling volunteers to begin working with Jim. Local volunteer teams joined Jim to work throughout the week including more than 20 military personnel from NAS Lemoore joined the project.
Some of the repairs still urgently needed are a wheelchair ramp, bathroom modifications, and the widening of interior doorways to make them accessible for Felix’s wheelchair. Additional work will be needed on the home in coming months.
How can you help Felix? You can help Felix by donating to the “Bring Felix Home” campaign as well as joining Habitat’s volunteer teams. Learn more at www.hfhtkc.org.
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Donate any amount to the “Bring Felix Home” fund and help us serve someone who has served us.