Repair Damage to Ms. Phillip's House
Organized by: Debbie Heughan
UPDATE FOR 2/19/2016
February 19, 2016
EVENT DATE Feb 02, 2016
This Fundraiser is closed now. The city did not help Mrs Phillips, but apparantly there are many other fundraisers for this now, so I am closing it, so please no more donations. Thank you to everyone that helped or donated. The money went a long way for helping to put Mrs. Phillips home back together. May you be blessed for your kindness. <3
Donations can also be made directly at 1st Tennessee Bank in LaVergne, Tn 37086 under the name, 'Gertrude L. Phillips'
****UPDATE FOR 2/19/2016*********************
Update!! Channel 2 news just completed a follow up with Ms. Phillips and city hall. It will air at 10 PM tonight.
UPDATE!!! We just returned for city hall asking the city to take responsibility for the damages. Alderman Tom Broeker, Vice Mayor Sherry Green, and Mayor Waldron voted in favor to help Ms Phillilps. Alderman Calvin Jones and Alderman Melisa Brown voted not to help her. Well all we needed was three yes votes. So congatulations to Ms Philips, we will contine the bathroom restoration we started as volunteers and the city will pay for the rest. Thank you to everyone that supported Ms Gertrude Phillips. She is over joyed with your kindness.
Ms. Gertrude Phillips is a long time resident of the small Lake Forest Estates neighborhood in LaVergne, TN. Decades ago Ms. Phillips had to pay the city $1000. to connect to city sewer when it was being installed. In 2008 a sewer backup caused thousands of dollars of damage to her home. The city of LaVergne paid for repairs back in 2008 when it happened before and all was well., except the city failed to correct the problem that causes this. Ms. Phillips was able to get back to doing what she loves; crocheting hats for childood cancer sufferers. Now, on November 17, 2015 the sewer has backed up again, and the city of LaVergne won't pay for the damages even though they knew she was on the lowest elevation and on the gravity system and that they never correct the inittial problem. They claim that their insurance refused payment, because they could not prove the city was at fault. 88 year old Ms. Phillips is on a fixed income and doesn't have the tens of thousands of dollars needed to repair her home. She does not have the money to replace her heating and cooling systems, replace ductwork, clean the crawlspace, and other necessary repairs. The city officials will be discussing this again at their meeting Feb. 2nd, Tuesday Night at 6:30pm., however, only citing that their insurance has said they are not responsible and will not pay. A team of volunteers in the neighborhood has banded together and done what work they can on their own to make her home liveable. People have donated tile and laminate flooring as well as their own time and labor in an effort to help. Unfortunately, there are some things only a professional can do. Without money to pay professionals, Ms.Phillips is left burning candles around her home to try to mask the smell, and wondering when she will be able to get back to normal life. This is where you come in. Any donation will help, and every donation is appreciated. We want to be able to get Ms. Phillips back on her feet and back to the crocheting she loves. We've set a goal of $5000 to start. This is a conservative estimate and we're hoping to raise more if we can. Updates will be posted as we make progress on restoring Ms. Phillips home. http://wkrn.com/2016/01/08/city-of-la-vergne-insurance-denies-elderly-womans-claim-after-sewage-overflow/