WASHINGTON — Jackie Farr has been eating crockpot meals and microwaveable dinners for the past two years. When the sub floor in her kitchen rotted through, she had to remove her oven and has not been able to use it since.
But with the help of Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH), Farr will soon have a brand-new kitchen to use and the organization is asking for the communities financial support to back the project.
Farr said a few years ago she noticed there was a slope to the floor that only worsened with time. Her refrigerator had to be moved into a separate room to prevent it from falling through.
She tried fixing the problem herself, she said, but once the floor was pulled up it was discovered there were clay pipes underneath. Several of them were cracked and leaking not only in the kitchen but in the bathroom as well.
“What was going to be a couple grand turned into five grand,” she said, explaining the cost was too high for her to try and attempt on her own.
The washer and dryer were also in the room and had to be removed. For the past two years she has not been able to use her washer, dryer or oven because all the hookups for the equipment are in the kitchen. Farr contacted IVHFH who agreed to step in and help.
Scott Hawes, Helping Hands Manager, said so far the an exterior door has been replaced, floor joists have been reinforced and sub flooring laid. Electrical wiring will be brought up to code then dry wall, mudding, paint and new cabinets will be installed in the space.
“We’ll top everything off with a new fridge and new stove,” he said, adding the organization is looking for a donation of used washer and dryer as well.
Demo began about two-and-a-half weeks ago on Feb. 3 and is scheduled to wrap up sometime in March. Farr said her motto through the whole project is “It’s all about being blessed and not stressed.”
About 10 years ago, Farr adopted her grandson and being able to provide for him is what she is looking forward to the most in her new space. Having not been able to make a birthday cake or holiday goodies the past few years has been difficult for her, she said.
A fundraiser has been established through IVHFH and so far $1,100 of the $3,500 goal has been raised. Anyone wishing to donate may do so by texting “BIGIMPACT” to 44-321 or visiting bit.ly/bigimpactforjackie.