Local handyman launches crowdfunding campaign for woman in need | Local News
A craftsman from Cache Valley tries to raise funds for a Preston woman living in a “horror story”.
Joseph Little, who runs Jumping Joe Handyman Services in Nibley, said he met Janet Stricko when he was hired to fix floors in her trailer. Then he discovered the true extent of the damage.
“The trailer is just really bad,” said Little.
Little found that water leaks in the ceiling and under the floor had caused numerous holes, warps and mold growth. A hot water leak under the floor caused condensation to form; Little said it was almost like it had “rained in their trailer.”
“I felt really bad and I wanted to help her,” said Little.
Little reached out to multiple media outlets and launched a crowdfunding campaign in early March to help Janet, who was all but out of hand in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a pretty rough and sad situation,” said Little. “But I won’t give her up.”
In an interview with The Herald Journal, Stricko said that increasingly insurmountable health problems prompted her move from Phoenix, Arizona to Preston 11 years ago. She said the air quality in Phoenix was unhealthy for her asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She said she is receiving disability benefits, has difficulty walking due to damaged ligaments in her leg, and has thankfully been cancer-free since 2011.
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“You are only ever concerned with one thing in life,” said Stricko with a laugh, “and right now my house is falling over my ears.”
Stricko first bought the ’82 trailer from her brother and has lived there with her daughter for almost a decade. She said the roof has been replaced and the installation problems fixed, but the damage remains.
“I did my best,” said Stricko, “but (the trailer) continues to dissolve.”
Little’s crowdfunding campaign has a target of $ 10,000, with $ 470 raised as of early March. Little said the cost of fully repairing Stricko’s trailer would be more than it’s actually worth, and he hopes to raise enough cash to pay at least a down payment for a used mobile home that’s in better shape. Then Stricko can remove the shabby trailer from the property and replace it with a healthier home.
Stricko said that although she is a little embarrassed, she ultimately feels grateful for the help of her ward and for her relationships within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that have been such an asset.
“I am grateful for the kindness of strangers and friends,” said Stricko. “I am grateful for the blessing of having people who care for others in my reality.”
More information is available at gofundme.com/f/utpkt-janet.