Get the Condons HOME!!
Organized by: Jamie Williams & Will Condon
Condon Family Update/Letter to Friends and Family,
Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this finds all of you well! Britton and I wanted to give you an update on our situation since the flood. Before I begin, I want to report that the kids are healthy, Britton and I are happy with our jobs, and we are looking forward to starting a new year!
As you probably know we lost most of our downstairs in the flood. We lost all our downstairs flooring, all kitchen cabinets and appliances, winter clothes, most of the kids toys, living room furniture and entertainment center, and everything in our garage. Since the water from the flood was contaminated with raw sewage and gas, we also had to have specialized cleaning to get rid of the mold and other contaminants.
Luckily, shortly after the flood we were able to move into a house and begin to try to fix our house on Piedmont. Because we did not have flood insurance, we had to depend on the funds from FEMA ($14,000 total for house contents lost plus repairs to fix house) to start the repair process. Our first steps were to fix the electric, AC, and hot water heater. Upon inspection from the city, we found out that we had to to re-wire the entire house, replace the air unit, and replace the hot water heater to meet current housing codes. We re-wired the house ($10,000) then, replaced the furnace and air unit ($4,500). At that point, we had exhausted all the FEMA money, and spent all our savings on gutting and cleaning the house. With close to $30,000+ in renovations left, we were forced to re-think our options.
We spoke to several attorney’s, weighing out all possible options and trying to work out a deal with our mortgage company. The past 6 months have been very difficult for our family both financially and mentally. Both Nash and Harper have had a tough time dealing with this, as have Britton and myself. We have had several other debts incur from moving costs, storage costs, trying to keep current with monthly mortgage and rent payments, purchasing our 2 vehicles lost in the flood, and trying replace some of the other items lost in the flood (ie. Washer/dryer, etc.). After much heart ache, we were able to negotiate with the bank to give the house back to without going into Foreclosure.
Although, this is not what we ultimately wanted, given the circumstances, it is the best option for us. Not only will it help us to start to recover financially, it will allow us to move on from this horrible nightmare we have been living in for the past 6 months. We are trying to stay positive and are looking at this as an opportunity to repair our family and start fresh. We loved the Piedmont house, spent many hours and money fixing it up prior to the flood, and we are very sad to say goodbye. Needless to say, this was a very painful decision.
Britton and I cannot express how much all of you mean to us. We greatly appreciate you donating to our cause. We plan to use the remaining money to begin to rebuild our lives, to repay debts incurred from the flood, and begin to save for a down payment on a house 3-5 years down the road.
We are so lucky to have such great friends and family and we hope one day we can repay the favor. Sometimes, it takes something as horrible as this to realize how important family and friends are. That is something we will never take for granted.
We wish all of you a very happy holiday season and hope to see all of you soon!
Katie, Britton, Harper and Nash
We would love to hear from you!
850-529-4630 (Katie cell)
850-417-4054 (Britton cell)
1915 E. Leonard St.
Pensacola, FL 32503
During the recent storms, the Condon Family (Britton, Katie, Harper & Nash) Home was completely flooded. The whole downstairs was destroyed & they lost basically everything! The entire downstairs will need to be gutted and renovated. Until then, they will be living elsewhere! Given that their area was not a flood zone (and therefore no flood insurance), the Condons will be paying out of pocket for all damage repair. Let's join together to show our support & help RE-home the Condons!! Every dollar counts, no amount is too small! We love you all and the Condons are very appreciative!