Meet Shawn,

Shawn and her husband, Kelly, bought their house in Homewood 18 years ago. She raised her 3 children here, took care of her husband as his health declined, and maintained the home the best she could.

Born a helper, Shawn regularly finds herself assisting others. "I like to help." She cared for her husband for 7 years. They originally moved to Pittsburgh because Kelly’s family lived here. When he passed in 2014, the connection with his family weakened.

In 2016, Shawn went in for nerve surgery related to her Type I Diabetes. She expected her arm would recover full mobility in 3 months, but due to being diabetic, the doctors said it could take up to 5 years. Some days, she feels extremely limited in what she can do. Thankfully, she has her daughter, Lisa, who can help, but "Dealing with an arm and a half, I don’t have that capability as I did before. But I’m not giving in. I still do what I can do."

Shawn and her daughter cannot open any of the windows in their home. They were not installed properly, with gaps between the upper and lower sashes and panes. If she tried to open them, they would fall out. She tucks towels between the gaps and covers them with plastic to seal the openings. In her bedroom, the window is plexiglass, posing both security and health risks.

"I always was...helping people. That’s always what I do. And I don’t do it looking for anything back even’re giving and you’re giving and you’re giving and everyone’s taking but nobody’s replenishing. So this [the repairs you can help with tonight] kind of helps replenish. Because with what you guys are shoulders can come down now."

We made great headway at IMPACT 2018 raising money for safe and healthy home repairs! Each donation helps to fill in this giant paint by numbers of Ms. Shawn's home. We could use your help to finish the painting! 
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and we will paint your space!
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