Near the end of April, we had to evict a family from one of the apartments. They had misrepresented themselves to everyone involved. Unfortunately, they were really enjoying living there and they did not want to move out. So we had to exert a little pressure to get them to start packing. It was a L-O-N-G day, ending around 11:00 p.m. with the last of their possessions being taken away.
We are considering this a learning experience. One thing we learned about is the legal process of evicting someone. YES….if they refuse to leave, there is a process that takes 30 days and involves local government.
On top of everything else, they trashed the apartment. We were told by someone who knows (Liz, out Foundation Consultant and former Executive Director of the Seattle Transplant House) that this would inevitably happen, so we were not taken totally by surprise. After many trips to the dumpster and four days of cleaning, we were back in business.
And the good news is that we have another family in the apartment. When the caregiver, the patient’s sister, arrived at the apartment to get the keys, she had the wonderful news that a liver had just become available and her sister was scheduled for the transplant at 4:00 a.m. the following morning. That’s the kind of news we love to hear. And good news ALWAYS trumps bad news!