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Community Building New Home For Woman

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

April showers usually bring May flowers but they brought big problems instead for one Winchester woman.

"In April when we had all that rain, the water came into my home and got in every room and ruined everything," Shirley Jones said.

Her home was destroyed by those flood waters.

Crews were going to try to fix it, but it was so damaged, they had to tear it down and start from scratch.

Unfortunately, Jones didn't have the money to do that, so now the Winchester community is banding together to make it happen.

Reverend Lee Cruse says he was approached about the project by one church and they've been spreading the word.

He says there are several churches now involved and many more are showing interest.

Jones lived in this house with her husband for 35-40 years until he passed away two years ago.

To see the community working together to rebuild her home brings a tear to her eye. Jones says, "I just don't know what to say. I'm so thankful to everyone."

Reverend Lee Cruse with Grace Bible Church in Winchester says this is a way to give back to a woman who has given so much over the years.

"Shirley has fed more people than anyone," Cruse said. "She's been a cook at the Arc of Mercy, and Arc of Mercy has a great program to feed those in need and she's worked in that kitchen for years."

They aren't sure when the house will be finished, but when it is, it will be a 1,050 square foot home with handicapped accessibility.

Shirley is staying with her mom just two doors down watching the plans for her new home unfold.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at The People's Exchange Bank of Winchester. Make your check payable to the "Melbourne Street Project."

They are also looking for volunteers to help with the project. Right now they are hauling the debris away and plan to begin the actual building process soon.


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