OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 24, 2015) – Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s (COHFH) Critical Repair Program begins work Thursday, February 25, on a home belonging to disabled siblings, Josh and Rosalyn Tran, whose parents passed away. The home located near NW 13th and N. Indiana Ave. will undergo repairs to the roof, exterior doors, heat and air, flooring, plumbing and painting.
Vicki Stewart, an employee at HK&S Iron in Oklahoma City, who works with Josh, and also looks out for the Trans, notified COHFH about the siblings' dire living situation.
“Their home is in such need of repairs. Both of these young adults need a break; so much has been taken from them. They have never asked for help from anyone,” said Stewart.
“This is why our Critical Home Repair program exists…to help low-income homeowners who can’t maintain their home due to limitations, like disabilities, age, or other circumstances. It is Central Oklahoma Habitat’s goal to go in and restore the Tran’s home to safe, healthy and affordable living conditions,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat CEO and Chairman.
The Tran's mother and father both died of cancer within seven months of each other in 2008. A hospice worker, who took care of them during their final days, depleted the family's life savings, leaving thesiblings with nothing but a dilapidated house.
HK&S Iron hired Josh out of respect for his father, a long-time, respected employee of the shop, and concern for the family’s well being. At 33-years old, Josh is limited in his abilities but makes $12 an hour helping out around the shop. He uses his income to pay house bills and take care of his mentallydisabled sister, who is 34-year old.
“In spite of what they have suffered, Josh and Roselyn both have such a sweet spirit and disposition for life. They are both so very humble and soft-spoken. Rosalyn recently commented that maybe they could get curtains soon,” said Stewart.
All monetary donations made to the Critical Home Repair program go directly to the cost of materials and any contract labor necessary to repair and revitalize eligible homes. To make a donation, go tostaging.cohfh.org, and note “Critical Home Repair” in the comments section of the donation form.
About Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for hardworking, limited-income families. The organization has built more than 800 new homes in central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with no interest charged. For more information, visit staging.cohfh.org or call 405-232-4828.