Save the Day

St. Johns Housing Partnership saves the day! Dave Faulkner and his mighty crew of two, Arthur and Robert, came through in a big way supplying a much needed truck and manpower to culminate a fever pitched county wide collaborative effort to help a woman and her two grandchildren settle in to their new Habitat home.

It all began with a few emails requesting household items for the family. The email quickly spread through the internet and Facebook. People from as far away as Ormond Beach called to help and soon, there was quite literally a household full of furniture, donated by Communities in Schools, Kathy Drake. Then came the real problem, finding a way to move it all.

The four foot truck bed of Pie in the Sky Director Malea Guiriba just wasn’t going to cut it this time. Ellen Walden, St. Augustine Sertoma Club president had exhausted all of her leads, so Guiriba casually mentioned it to her employer, Bill Lazaar, executive director of St. Johns Housing Partnership. He in turn, casually replied, “Well you can use our panel truck and Dave can drive out with two volunteers. Will Thursday morning be ok?”

Along with Fred Aikens, a volunteer from Hastings, the crew made short work of the move and the happy homeowner grinned with delight watching her new furnishing fill up her dream home.

“I just can’t believe it,” she said. “I couldn’t even sleep last night because I just kept waking up to look at my house.”

And tonight, because of the generosity of an entire community, the woman exclaimed with a smile, “I am going to sleep in my own new bed in my own home tonight.”