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Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

28 March

At Hosanna, we encounter hundreds of individuals every year: clients, volunteers, business men and women, etc.  Among those, usually at least a handful stand out in our minds.

I believe I have met a couple of them already this year!  One homeowner in particular stands out for me so far this year.  She was the daughter of the homeowner.  She had been through a lot in her life, more than any of us ever endure, and yet she greeted me with a smile and bright attitude when I met her for the first time upon inspecting the home.

It ended up that we would replace 8 windows for the household.  Sometimes at Hosanna, plans change quickly.  I phoned Diane the evening before we were planning to come and she was very excited.

Upon arrival the next morning, all the window treatments were down and lunch was being prepared while we installed the windows.  She was also receiving a new gas oven to replace her 30 year old appliance that very same day!

At one point, Diane had mentioned that she didn’t sleep much the night before preparing for us and shopping and preparing food.  She looked exhausted by lunch time.  It was one of the best lunches we’ve ever had made for us by a homeowner!

At day’s end, I commented that she worked harder than us and she said, “Well isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?” I was taken back by such a comment.  As we live in a society where most everyone expects much with little to no input, Diane stood out like a beautiful rose in a field of tall grass.

It was an honor to serve Diane, her mother, and Diane’s daughter and to provide them with warm safe new windows.

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!

-Becky Hetzer, Mission Worker

More than a turkey for Joanne

13 February

I got a call from Joanne yesterday. She reminded me that Hosanna helped her “get back on her feet” by providing much needed home repairs in 2015. Through tears she expressed how grateful she was for the assistance.  I was wondering why she was calling in April of 2016 to say “thanks” but was appreciative for the call so I just listened.

As she was wrapping up the conversation she said,” I was so thankful for the help you gave me and then at Christmas Hosanna volunteers brought me gifts and a frozen turkey!  I couldn’t believe it!

Just last week I felt well enough to spend time in the kitchen and decided to invite 4 other people to enjoy the turkey with me.  I haven’t had company in years and barely know my neighbors but they came and I told them about you folks and they wondered why strangers would give so much for free!  I told them you guys care about all people and nobody is a stranger to you.  You treated me like family.  Well, my dinner was a success and we are friends now.”

I said, “Joanne I am so glad you enjoyed the turkey!” She said, ” Oh honey, it was so much more than just a turkey! Hosanna gave me back my life.”

-from an earlier e-blast (sign up for our emails at the bottom of this website)

Thanks a buzz-illion

30 January

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The greeting included with this surprise I received earlier this week read:

Hi Amy,

A token of gratefulness for my new furnace that warms my home and will warm my heart forever. With much love. God Bless.

This dear homeowner is an elderly widow living on about 11,000.00 per year. She has no family left in this world and she said she had no where else to turn for help as the only number she was given was Hosanna’s. I assured her we could and would help her and within a few days her furnace was replaced at no cost to her. Her heartfelt expression of appreciation moved me to tears. Please know that your support and donations to Hosanna Industries help to keep people like Rose warm as the bitter winter approaches.

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Sandra’s story

21 December

I’d like to think that after answering the telephone here for 26 years I would be used to the sad and tragic stories I hear every day. But I got a call from Sandra that just hit me hard.

It began with a request for home repairs because water pours out of outlets when it rains and the walls are spongy and crumbling in the kitchen from a chronically leaking roof and clogged gutters.

As I began asking questions I soon realized that Sandra is one of those amazing people with a loyal heart and a strong back and spirit. She has been married for 35 years. 34 years ago her husband of 1 year had a massive brain hemorrhage and has needed 24/7 care ever since. She became pregnant in that first year of marriage and has a 35 year old daughter who recently dropped her two year old son off at Sandra’s and said, “I can’t raise this child. You take him,” and promptly walked away and out of their lives.

Sandra worked for years hiring people to care for her husband during the day, but had to quit because she could not afford the cost of the daily care and now has to care for both her husband and grandchild too.

Her voice sounded exhausted but not bitter or angry. She said, “I never asked why me? I figured why not, but I just don’t know what to do now. I have bounced so many checks trying to keep up!” I told her we will help her. She said,”Well, forgive me if I believe it when I see it, but I’ve called so many places and some don’t call me back and the rest that do say they can’t help me. I’m feeling a little hopeless. I’m not pitying myself, but I’ve always counted on myself to get things done and I’m running out of steam.”

I said, “I aim to restore your hope. It is what Hosanna Industries is all about.” She broke down and sobbed. Through her tears she said,”How do you do this…and why?”

How? Through divine guidance and generous support.
Why? Because God’s work is everybody’s business.
On behalf of Sandra and those like her, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Catherine’s story

21 December

I spoke with Catherine yesterday. She is 90. She lost her 3 brothers and her husband all in 1997.  She lost her only sister in 2004. She lost her son and daughter in law in 2009.

Their son had completed rehab for drug addiction at that time but relapsed after the tragic accident that claimed the life of both parents. He is now in outpatient rehab and Catherine has been taking care of all of his expenses and allowing him to live with her for now.

She receives 1,300.00 per month.

She opened the call with this, “My name is Catherine and I’m 90 years old and I am so embarrassed to have to call you. I have always taken care of myself and family but I just can’t keep up with my grandson living here.”

When I asked her what she needs she said,” Well, my toilet keeps overflowing and its hard for me to keep cleaning it up and well….I could use some food.”

I told her we will fix the bathroom issues and make sure she has food. I  urged her to not be at all embarrassed as we all need help from time to time and at 90 it just might be her turn.

She said,” I never knew people like you existed! I guess I watch too much news. I feel better just talking to you and knowing people are being nice out there. If you can help me I will be so grateful but if for some reason you can’t I sure do send blessings your way anyhow.”

Thanks to your generous support, we will be able to help Catherine and many more like her.

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Queen for a day

03 November

What is it that makes you feel like a King or Queen for a day? Someone surprises you with tickets to your favorite team’s game? You get a delivery of flowers to your home or office? You are treated to pampering at your favorite spa? A new dress? A fresh new hair style? A make over? Your family makes the day “all about you”?

Gladys left a message this week in a voice mixed with tears and excited emotion, “I know you get a lot of phone messages! I hope they are all messages of thanks! You made me feel like a Queen for a day! Such a blessing! The men who came to the house were polite, kind and did a beautiful job! I can take a shower now! I can wash my hair! I can go out of my house again! I haven’t had hot water for several months now and had no where to turn. United Way told me to call Hosanna Industries! I am so grateful. I have never felt more cared for!”

I continue to be amazed and humbled by the response of some of the folks we help. Their joy and appreciation at receiving what most of us take for granted! We are truly blessed to be a blessing.

-Amy Ed, Mission Worker

 

Glass Half Full

29 June

The first call this week was from Edith. She is an elderly widow with some plumbing issues and a cracked sidewalk. When I briefly explained that we have a long list of homeowners in need, I was interrupted with, ” Well, my husband died in the war and I had to raise my children with no help. No one has suffered like me and I should be a priority on your list!” I gently told her that I was sure she would not want to trade places with anyone on our list and though I am sure she has suffered grievously, she may have to wait a bit for our services. She was none too happy but less angry after we completed her application and said goodbye.

As I took a deep breath the phone rang again.  It was Marcia. She had a leg amputated as a child after a bout with cancer. Later in life she battled both breast and bone cancer. She was clear of the dreaded disease for five years and then hit again. She once again battled successfully. Through her ongoing fight with illness, she held down a job. But five years ago, she found the years of intense chemo therapy left her stripped of any energy and she had to quit working. She had to sell her home of many years and move to a mobile home park. She was calling because the mobile home needs a new roof and she needs a ramp due to her disability. She kept saying she is blessed to be alive and the rigor it has taken to negotiate the waters of disability has made her a better person. When I was filling out the application I asked her her marital status. She chuckled and said,” I’m single…not a widow…most of my life I have been broken and bald, (chuckle)…I have never had the love of someone that I could hurt over if they passed…so, I guess that’s a blessing, right?”

I wanted to give her Edith’s phone number. Instead I swallowed the lump in my throat and continued the application to provide a new roof and ramp for a one legged bald lady living in a leaky mobile home holding a glass that in her mind has always been more than half full.

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