Local organizations ask for help to save veteran family's home
POSTED: Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 6:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 1:59am
EL PASO (KTSM) — Local organizations and State Representative Naomi Gonzalez’s staff stepped up to help a fallen veteran's family in need of rebuilding their home and they're now asking for your help.
A Lower Valley family was on the brink of losing their house after severe damages and a property tax debt with the city of El Paso. Cleanup work has started it however it may not be easy to save it.
Maggie Sullivan once lived at this home for decades. The house owned by her parents holds many memories, after her veteran father's death in the Continental Airlines suicide bombing in 1962 everything changed.
"It was almost like the end of the world that's how we felt especially the way that we lost him in a bombing in Kansas City Missouri," Sullivan said.
After her father's passing the family started going through economic struggles and it eventually became too difficult for her elderly mother to maintain the house.
"Because of the condition she was living in so I took her out but as soon as I took her out her exemption expired and they want her back taxes," Sullivan added.
That's why state rep. Naomi Gonzalez decided to help them out by joining with volunteers from El Paso Community College to clean up and to find a solution with the city.
"We're not really sure if they gave her proper notice about homestead issues and taxing issue so we're trying to help navigate all of that with her as well so we're just really grateful for the community that has come out," Rep. Gonzalez said.
"Just knowing that we did something for others it's always good to help others because there might be a time when we could need it so hopefully we're going to help this family and help them keep their home," volunteer Aaron Montes said.
But that's not the only problem the condition of the house is uninhabitable. Still, Maggie says she hopes to save the house and is thankful for the working hands that showed up today.
"The kindness the generosity that they've showed to come out here in such a cold day its without words and I thank them.” Sullivan concluded.
Rep. Gonzalez says her office is already addressing the issue with the city. If you'd like to help visit: http://www.gofundme.com/5d3ugs
Or call State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez’s office at: 915-775-9937