HELP ME TO HELP MY FRIEND KARIN.
Organized by: Nancy Harris
Karin is my friend and has Asperger Syndrome. Karin was married and her parents lived across the street from me for years. (Wonderful people). After Karin's parents passed away, Karin and her husband (Donald) moved into her parents home. Well, Donald only worked short lived jobs until he had no job at all. He decided Karin's disability was all they needed. Donald begin yelling at Karin a lot and one day I saw Karin with 2 black eyes and looked like she had a broken nose. She told me she slipped in the Kitchen, Donald told me that it was none of my business. Soon after they sold the house and moved to West Virginia. I only got a Christmas card one time in almost 4 years. I knew there was nothing I could do, she was grown and married. Then in March 2015. I received a call from a rental property in West Virginia (I cannot mention the name of the rental company, because those girls went above and beyond, to help Karin and I cannot cause any problems for them). They told me Karin asked them to call me because she could not take anymore. I was told they were 3 months behind on their rent, Donald had been abusing her and if no one can come and get her, they were in fear that something really bad may happen. I was able to talk to Karin and was cursed out a number of times by Donald. Anyway we made arrangements to go and get Karin without Donalds knowledge. When we arrived what we saw was enough to make you sick to your stomach. I will try to shorten the story, so.. the apartment was filthy and spelled like urine. Karin was so week she could not hold her head up. We packed what we could, the police were called, they asked Karin if she wanted to go with us, she said yes and the police said take this poor women someplace safe. While Karin was in West Virvinia, she was fed Oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her income was the only money coming into the house ( Karin is on disability and draws a small monthly pension) and 4 adult's were living there. Donald sold her wedding band set, her gold necklaces that her Mother had given her and everything in the house that was worth selling, even the TV that Karin had in her room. Then, when the money was running out, he started pushing and yelling at Karin all the time. As the time goes on, I have found out that Donald had made Karin sign for several loans, telling her if she didn't sign then everyone would starve and it would be all her fault. Karin is now being sued for back rent and 2 loans from the bank. We have been trying to get Karin into a senior apartment because she is living with a friend, but... because of her bad credit history that might be impossible unless she pays these bills. Karin has a wonderful attorney working with her though the State of Maryland to help with her divorce and hopefully assign some of these debts to him. If we are able to get Karin into a small apartment that she can afford, we will need to buy furniture (nothing fancy, I can refinish furniture pretty well) a vacuum cleaner, dishes and other small items. So anything you can give will be a great help.