Roy, his wife, and their two adult sons are all disabled for one reason or another.

Living together in the small West Virginia community of Cucumber (pop. 94, and the only community in the U.S. with this name), Roy came to Americans Helping Americans® partner serving McDowell County, Big Creek People in Action (BCPIA), requesting help for their bathroom.

“They sure needed it,” BCPIA co-executive director Marsha Timpson told us. “I don’t think I have ever encountered a bathtub in this condition. They have sulfur water and it is bad, but geez!

In March, volunteer college students from the Universities of Richmond and Notre Dame came in and tore out and replaced the flooring, replaced the ceiling and walls and installed a new tub along with new fixtures and plumbing as well.

 

When the job was completed, Marsha provided with the family with a supply of heavy-duty tub and shower cleanser designed to remove stubborn stains and mineral deposits and urged the family to use it at least once or twice a week.

“Hopefully, they will,” she commented.