Upon hearing the Smith’s story, several local businesses and volunteers joined the effort to repair the Smith’s home. Catholic Charities, Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Salvation Army, Home Depot and Episcopal Dioceses sponsored the critical home repair, while volunteers from Dell, the U.S. Navy, IBC Bank, AmeriCorps, Stratford High School and others helped rebuild the house.
“Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. has been referred about 54 clients affected by the May 2013 tornadoes, who complained of fraud by construction contractors,” said Elizabeth Tennery, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. Tennery’s fellowship is specifically dedicated to providing legal assistance to Oklahomans affected by the 2013 tornadoes and storms.
The Smith family fired their contractor in September 2014. The family sought guidance from the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project, or ODRP, feeling they had exhausted all resources.
"ODRP got us connected with Habitat's Critical Repair Program. Everything that has happened since has exceeded our expectations in every way possible,” said Smith. “Our family is tremendously grateful to everyone who helped us get our house repaired and in many ways even make it better than it was before."
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 cohfh.org or call 405-232-4828.