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My Sweet Charity: Hearts for Homes

 Sep 7, 2020 3:30 PM by Jeanne Prejean

By Hearts For Homes Resource Development Coordinator Stacey Campbell,

“Our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who helped us make our home livable again, and for all the prayers for my husband while he was in the hospital.” — Deloris Glaude, age 72.

Emile & Deloris Glaude (above)
Kitchen before repairs (right)

Georgina, a current Hearts for Homes client, insisted that her neighbor, Deloris, apply for assistance with Hearts for Homes because she could see the overwhelming need for massive repairs in her neighbor’s home. It was wintertime and Delores’ husband, Emile Glaude (82), an Army veteran, was very sick. Their home had no heating, no hot water, and a hole in the roof. Space heaters were scattered throughout the house powered by a variety of extension cords.

Emile and Deloris’ dream was to own a home. Deloris shares that Emile worked very hard as a meat cutter to make that come true for him and his wife. The Glaudes raised seven children between them and have lived their life story in that home for over 30 years now – the tears, laughter, pain, joy, sickness and restoration. Unfortunately, they fell on hard times and have been living on a fixed income since retiring. Emile had five major surgeries in the past several years. They had to cut their homeowners insurance and had no spare funds to repair the long-standing damage which led to ceilings caving and bees building a hive in the outer wall. The home was becoming more and more unlivable. Emile and Deloris thought they would have to abandon their dream home until they heard about Hearts for Homes. Emile was rushed away by ambulance suffering with acute pneumonia the day Hearts for Homes began repairs. It took a few months, many volunteer hours, and in-kind donations from local repair partners, but when Emile returned from the hospital, he almost did not recognize it. His home was fully restored, safe and functional.

Kitchen after repairs.

My Sweet Charity: Hearts for Homes

Sep 13, 2018 5:30 PM by Jeanne Prejean

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The photos included here illustrate just one of the 80 stories of senior homeowners in Denton County that Hearts for Homes (H4H) serves. Her name is Ann Mathiasch, age 80, living on $1,178/month in social security. Ann is just a delightful, faith-filled woman with an infectious laugh and sunny outlook. She is a widow, grandma, mom and had served as a caregiver for others in need of assistance in their times of health crisis most of her career.

Ann came into the Hearts for Homes office this past year visibly distraught and tearful. She explained that she was unable to live in her home because of a long-standing leak that had gone undetected for months under her home causing mildew and rotting away the foundation to the point that the hot water heater literally fell through the floor. The City was demanding a huge water bill be paid and the repair estimates were several thousand dollars. As is the case with H4H clients, Ann survives on a fixed income so there was no possible way for her to afford these repairs on her own and she simply didn’t know where to turn for help.

She heard about Hearts for Homes, completed an application and was approved for assistance. When our team went in and evaluated the home repair needs, it was determined that the foundation beams, flooring, cabinets, and bathroom all had to be completely redone and the exterior walls reinforced in order to restore the home to a safe and livable state for Ann to live out her years. After several months and many teams of amazing volunteers, Ann and her cat were able to return home, walk on sturdy floors, enjoy a fully remodeled kitchen and safer bathroom, and reinforced walls to allow her to stay in the home her daddy built. She says she simply would not have been able to stay in her home if not for the work of Hearts for Homes and she thanks God for this ministry.

We serve our senior clients until they no longer need us. They become friends and we love them. Hearts for Homes staff and volunteers work hard to ensure their safety, help them with home repairs as needed and make sure they feel cared for as part of the overall ministry mission. To find out more, visit us on Facebook, Instagram or our website at www.heartsforhomes.org.