WE RECEIVED A WONDERFUL GIFT

gift   The family that is living in Apartment #2 are from North Georgia.  Their daughter, Tiffany, is a double lung transplant patient.  Her care givers are her mom, Missy, her dad, Harry, and her grandma, Lola.  Mary had the opportunity to meet Harry yesterday for the first time.  And he presented her with the most wonderful gift, a poem he had written straight from his heart.  It expresses everything that has been in our hearts from the beginning and it expresses it SO WELL.  Thank you, Harry!

With sincere happiness upon your face

you welcomed us home,

to your place.

 

This place before we had never seen,

so cozy and homey,

was spotlessly clean.

 

So difficult a journey we had to begin

was made much easier

when you welcomed us in.

 

Your sincere desire to help those in need

was to us far beyond

a simple good deed.

 

When in prayer we asked, “God what can we do?”

He answered with a miracle

and He sent it through you.

 

We were strangers, yet you opened your door

Our burden you lifted

we carried it no more.

 

For in years gone by you had traveled this road

now through you “WE FOUND REST”

with your gift of abode.

 

From your “hope and prayers” now we find

solace and comfort

sweet PEACE OF MIND.

 

The passing of your son, to you so dear

leave you memories of him

still perfectly clear.

 

You determined yourself with this gift to try

to give life to his memories

and never let them die.

 

You have chosen to ease the burden and help bear the cross

to even a stranger

who might suffer such loss.

 

Your help to our family and this daughter’s sweet mother

obeys CHRIST’s commandment

to love one another.

 

With generosity you help bind us together

in this dwelling and in our hearts.

 

JEFFREY “JEFF” CAMPBELL EVANS….

lives on forever.

God bless you,

 

With thankful heart sincerely,

 

Harry A. Ward

11/11/2017

 

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APARTMENT #3 IS COMING SOON!

oBig Cabin at Camp             Jeff Fishing at Camp

One of Jeff’s favorite places on earth was his Great Grandpa Kaarto’s cabin in Michigan on the Upper Peninsula (pictured above).  He spent a very memorable summer there with his Grandpa Evans.  The trip required a round-trip drive from Washington to Michigan and it included many very funny and not-to-be-forgotten moments!  He also spent more than one summer vacation there with his aunts, uncles and cousins.  He couldn’t have asked for more.

So in remembrance of this, Bob suggested that the next apartment be decorated like a cabin.  I know Jeff would agree!  When this idea was presented to Mary, she thought, “how will I ever do that?”  But it turns out that it’s a pretty easy assignment.  Mary has started going to her regular antique stores, consignment stores, junk stores, etc. and she’s finding all kinds of appropriate furnishings.  Just today she picked up a canoe oar, which will be used in one way or another!

We hope to have Apartment #3 opened in February of 2018 at the very latest.  Stay tuned for pictures of the final product!

 

 

 

FIRST HOUSE TO SCROUNGE THROUGH!

I got an email a couple of days ago from a person I met at one of the networking events that I attend.  She is a person who helps seniors move from their big homes to assisted living/senior apartments, etc., in other words seniors who are downsizing.  She told me about a friend of hers who was moving and was willing to donate items that she would not be taking to her next home.  So Bob and I went over there yesterday and had a VERY exciting time at doing this for the first time.  She donated things like a dresser, a bed, lots of lamps, end tables, coffee tables, area rugs, the list goes on and on and on.  So we have arranged with our mover, John, to pick all of these things up on December 5th to move them to storage.  The reason this is so exciting is that it SAVES US MONEY!  And we are all about spending our foundation’s money in the best way possible.  Thank you Trish and Marsha!

 

TRANSPLANT APARTMENT #2 IS OCCUPIED!

#2 Fireplace Ev   #2 Dining Room 2 Ev  #2 Kitchen Ev#2 Gray Bedroom LE     #2 Red Bedroom Ev

We received a request on Wednesday, the 8th, from a social worker at Emory asking if the apartment was ready.  I told them “yes” and asked them to go through the Georgia Transplant Foundation to get started.  On the 9th we got an email from the social worker with GTF’s approval.

Mary immediately called the care giver and she wanted to move in as soon as possible.  They had been offered a room at a Red Roof Inn, which they said was horrible.  They actually preferred to stay in the waiting room of the hospital.

Bob and Mary went down to the apartment to meet the caregivers (mom and grandma) to a 34-year-old single (no children) woman.  It was a VERY emotional meeting.  The mom is distraught to the max and grandma is trying to be the strong one.  The daughter (patient) is a double lung transplant who has lived with cystic fibrosis all her life.  Her transplant was last Friday.  The transplant is going fine, but she has developed a complication (I have no idea what it is called).  It severely affects her circulation and her hands and feet are turning black.  The mom told us that the doctors are considering amputation.  Can you imagine?   AND apparently this is a 1:100,000 possibility and the doctors at Emory have never seen it in a transplant patient.
You can only imagine the conversation.  Mom could not hold back the tears. To say they are grateful for a place to live would be a major understatement.  The mom cried in every room and grandma just thanked us over and over and over again.
As we were getting ready to leave, the mom received a phone call that she should return to the hospital in 30 minutes to meet with the surgeon.  So we told them to just go and we would close up.  So off they went and before we could turn around, they came back in the door for hugs.  Very touching.
This was a hard one, to say the least.  Bob and Mary both commented on the way home how our hearts were so broken.  I don’t think either of us have considered that what we are doing could be so emotionally hard  But it is what it is, and the families we are serving are way more important to us than our feelings.  Our personal transplant journey is over; theirs is just beginning.  Our prayers are with them.
One last comment…what we are doing is everything right.  Both apartments have had families move in on the day they were opened.  There is an enormous need for what we are doing.  And we have just begun.  Exciting (and probably emotional) times are ahead.
We just received an update from the social worker.  She said when the mom was talking to Mary about meeting to get the keys to the apartment, it was the first time the social worker had seen the mom smile since she entered the hospital.  That is what make what we are doing so incredibly rewarding.

MOVING IN TO APARTMENT #2

#2 Movers  Moving day was Wednesday, November 1st, and the guys in the picture did all the work!  First they stopped by our house to empty half of our garage, then on to the storage unit.  They were fast, efficient, and incredibly great guys!  They assembled items, fixed a couple of broken items, and best of all….they hauled off all the cardboard boxes to throw away.  Thanks to JJ, Titus and Hayward .  They work for a guy named John Foster, who is kind to us in that he gives us a nice break on the “travel cost” of moving.  Thanks, John!  Every penny saved helps.