Can you imagine living in a car, coping with the extreme heat and not having electricity or running water to use?
While living in a car is better than sleeping in the streets, it still is dangerous especially in places where daytime temperatures can go really high.
This is the reason why a young man was shocked to learn that an elderly neighbor was living in her car, with no electricity or running water.
Justin Hernandez had just moved into a neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona. He was walking his dog when he noticed an old lady sleeping in her car. During another walk, he noticed her there again and would soon realize that she was living in the vehicle!
So, he struck up conversation and learned that she has lived in her vehicle for months because her house has become too dangerous to live in. Her name is Betty Theresa Hernandez; it was a coincidence that they share the same surname.
“I’m going to be honest with you the inside, it reminds me of the show called Hoarders,” Justin said.
But even when her current condition was mostly due to her own fault, Justin still felt bad that she had to live in her car.
“It tore my heart. It broke my heart. A 71-year-old woman sitting out there in 110-degree weather isn’t alright. I figure if this was my nana or my mom, I wouldn’t want her to live like this, so I had to do something to help her get back into her home.”
To help Theresa, Justin enlisted their neighbors to clean up her house and fix the things she needed there.
It turned out that after her husband died some years ago, Theresa lost control of her home and all the dogs that lived with her.
“I learned that Theresa is living in her car in her front yard. Her house is not livable. She had a lot of trash, a lot of feces outside and inside the house, so we started cleaning the outside first,” neighbor Christine Rowland revealed.
There were also a lot of things to repair in the house. So, Justin posted a plea on Facebook for help; soon enough, plumbers and carpenters pitched in to help during their free time.
The crowdfunding campaign he launched also received close to $3,000 in donations; although the amount is still a long way from its $10,000 goal.
It is wonderful how the community is coming together to help this old lady. In this busy world, it is great to hear something like this still happens!