Secluded teacher faces fines of $3K/day, she then catches people secretly repairing her home
Michelle Shreeve 12/1/2016
Most of the time, young couples are out seeing the world together, hanging out with their friends, or concentrating on starting a family. They are usually more focused on themselves and building their relationship rather than anything else during this puppy love stage.
However, one young married couple decided to go about things a little differently...
New Jersey couple, Kristin and Adam Polhemus, decided to do something unique with their free time than most couples their age would typically do. They noticed that their neighbor, Anne Glancey, was very secluded and never had any visitors. She was a retired teacher, and lived alone. A situation arose where Anne needed help, but didn't have anyone close by to help her. That's when Kristin and Adam came to the rescue.
As a retired teacher, Anne lived in the house that she grew up in. With that, her house was very old, and due to Anne's age, she wasn't physically able to upkeep it in the way that she wanted to. It didn't bother Anne because she was the only person who lived there, but then the town she lived in, Hamilton Township, sent her a letter stating she had multiple housing violations that they were mandating her to fix to bring her house up to code.
They pointed out that the paint on her house was peeling, there was an old abandoned car parked in her front lawn, there were shrubs and weeds that have grown out of control that made her house look distasteful on the outside, and the house was overall deteriorating. To make matters worse, the town of Hamilton Township said if Anne didn't fix the issues, she would get fined $1,000 per day per violation.
Since Anne was retired, she lived on a fixed income and did not have the extra funds to get all of this done. She had no idea what to do, until her worries were solved by her neighbors, Kristin and Adam. The couple have known Anne ever since they moved next door to her five years ago. During those five years, they had formed a friendship together, which was basically the only social contact Anne had with anyone.
Kristin and Adam wanted to help Anne, and so they got their hands dirty right away, and started helping her fix all of the problems the town had listed. The couple gathered every able-bodied person they knew to help Anne, from friends, family members, to other neighbors even. Every weekend the group came out to help do manual labor on Anne's house for about three months.
The experience actually helped Anne come out of her social reclusive shell, as when each weekend came around, she went from being shy to making snacks and drinks for all of her helpers. At first she was really timid and felt embarrassed when Kristin and Adam enlisted so much help, but towards the end of the project, Anne had made many new friends.
The estimated cost of professional services and repairs would have been between $10,000 and $15,000. By having her new friends help out, Anne was covered and was able to fix everything she was mandated to fix. So instead of spending $10,000 - $15,000, Kristin, Adam, and the rest of the crew saved Anne a great deal of money, and ultimately her home in the end.
In an interview with People magazine, Adam shared:
"To see the joy on our neighbor's face, I think the biggest thing is Anne's happiness and her kind of restored life. Her outgoingness to other neighbors is based on her house being improved."
There's no doubt about it that what Kristin, Adam, and the crew did for Anne not only saved her home, but changed her life forever as well.
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