INGRID'S STORY

CHORE: PRESSURE WASHING

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“I just want to thank you for the kindness and support that I received from your organization recently.

Over the past four years, I have been dealing with some health issues that have caused me to be unable me to work. I was living near Atlanta, GA when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, November 2013. To treat the cancer, I had surgery and chemotherapy along with reconstructive surgeries that spanned over the next year and a half. When they had completed what was to be the final surgery and recovery, I made a move to Tampa, FL and purchased a small home. This was so I could be near my boyfriend who lived here and also because I had always desired to live in a warm climate. Well, unfortunately after the move, complications arose from the reconstruction so I had to be hospitalized 3 separate times within a year. As you can guess, this felt like a real set back. Eventually, the issues were settled somewhat and the benefits I was receiving from a disability insurance policy were discontinued. This left me with no income. I applied for Social security disability benefits due to ongoing issues but their approval process has been long and drawn out so I still await receiving that support. Thankfully I have family and friends who have helped me in the interim.

Although there are still real issues in the aftermath of all this ordeal, I had recently started feeling a little better and desired to work on doing some cosmetic maintenance on the home. But without income this is difficult.

One day while I was scrolling through Facebook, I noticed a friend posted a link to Second Helping so I took a look.  After reading about your organization and it's mission, I was curious and applied to see if maybe you could help me in this time of need. And wow, did you guys ever help me!  You see, this little home I have has a screened porch that really needed a good pressure washing but the few funds I had were for basic living expenses and not the luxury of pressure washing. I sent the application and was cautiously optimistic. When I received the response from your team that I was being given a free chore through the Takl app, I was so happy!

I scheduled the service for the same day and a provider came and did an awesome job of cleaning both the porch and back patio area. It was like a big burden had been lifted to have it cleaned so I could better enjoy this outdoor space.

During these circumstances, the kindness and grace from God has been even more evident in my life. God has been my protector, healer and provider and allowed me the privilege of receiving this gift from you. He heard my prayers asking for help to make my home more heavenly. And He chose you guys to help!

Thank you Second Helping for being such a generous team and brightening my world and the world for many others!”

-Ingrid 

Tampa, Florida