Make Our Home Safe and Liveable
Organized by: JENNIFER MAXWELL
A little more than a year ago life for me and my family was going pretty good. My husband had a good job that he enjoyed, I had a great job as well. I had great benefits including regular raises and 19 paid days of a year for personal use. I was told I would be promoted within six months, things were great; until I was rear ended returning to work from lunch one day. The lady who was texting and driving never hit her brakes rear ending me as I sat at a traffic light. Her insurance repaired the visible damage to my car but has refused to repair the damage to my transmission and suspension. Visibly I had only seat belt marks from the accident but I suffer debilitating headaches and vertigo along with memory lapses. I has been instructed no phone, no computer, as well as no driving so my doctors have had me restricted to no work and instructed to bed when vertigo strikes. Vertigo is a daily part of my life it has negatively effected me and my family. My employer worked with me until December when I was terminated. I have had no income in over a year, I have lost my stock options, and lost my 401K contributions not to mention loss of my benefits. My husband and I have been married since January 1989 and have four wonderful children. We were able to cut back and scrape by on his income which began decreasing monthly due to poor business decisions of his employer. My husband began having some health issues due to the stress and then his employer went out of business. We held onto our hope and lived on savings and started selling things. Eventually we hit rock bottom, we were behind on rent and no income to move. My dad had passed away a year and a half before and he had a house that belonged to my grandparents, through the grief and the arrangements I had forgotten about the house. When we received the eviction notice my uncle contacted me and informed me it now belonged to me. We were elated this was a Godsend; however a few years ago when the tornadoes tore through Southeast Tennessee there was some structural damage to the house, as well as damage done by a squatter living in the house without permission.There is also a bill for back taxes and a bill for debris removal to maintain city codes that is due. We are both blessed and thankful to have this house for our family, we now have to make many repairs to make it safe and livable. We are seeking funding to accomplish these much needed repairs.