Elise’s rebuilding story

Elise was a 65 year old widow who we stumbled across.

She had been abandoned by her husband who was a serial cheater and had abused her physically over the period of 10 years.

So Elise decided to cleanse herself of her husband’s manipulative ways and ran away one afternoon when her husband was at work.

When we met Elise, she was in a horrible place. She was virtually homeless and jobless. She had no money and didn’t know what to do with herself.

She had spent her entire life as a sales assistant for big supermarket chains, however she had to abruptly cease work as she moved away from her controlling husband.

We helped Elise build a small house within the community of West Bridgeboard and we installed all the appliances she needed to weather the cold winters there.

We helped install gas heating in her small place as there were no other options available at the time.

Because of her unique circumstances, she wasn’t able to bring much of her old belongings to her new place. So we went to different places to make sure she has all the clothing and homeware she needed to live a comfortable life.

We revisited Elise in 2020, and found that she’s doing really well. She found herself a new job at a local walmart and she has found herself in a healthy relationship with a local man Guy.

Elise is just one of the nearly 2,000 homeowners that we Rebuilding Together have helped transform their lives through Heroes at Home. Since 2007, we have partnered to make veterans and their families’ homes safe and healthy. More than 40,000 volunteers have donated nearly 320,000 hours on projects, and our supporters have raised nearly $19 million though online and in-store donations. Our veterans have sacrificed for their country and their families.

We are honored to be able to serve those who have served us, both at home and around the world. 

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