Story submitted by our community partner, Ococee Outreach in Cleveland, Tennessee

“Sarah (name changed) from Cleveland, Tennessee is a single mom with a fourteen year old son. She was recently laid off from her job of ten years. Sarah is one of the most optimistic individuals that I have ever met but discouragement was beginning to surface. In addition to losing her job, it became apparent that some home repairs were required. Her roof was leaking, her basement was flooded, and the front porch was beginning to fall. God provided a wonderful team to work alongside Sarah and her son.

The roof and front porch were addressed first, while the basement would take a little longer. It was difficult for Sarah to throw away her personal items that had been ruined by the flood but she realized it was necessary. The volunteers were patient as Sarah went through each item and reminisced about the memories that were attached to them. After several days the walls could be removed and rebuilding could begin.

Hours of blood, sweat and tears resulted not only in a home that was livable but also in lifelong relationships. Sarah had found herself fifteen new friends that loved her more than words could express. As for the team of volunteers, their lives have forever changed as they said, “We have two more loved ones in our family”.”