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Community helps elderly neighbor

A Lafayette resident has been struggling to keep her home safe after her roof was damaged in Hurricane Delta.

Posted: Jun 16, 2021 6:30 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 8:26 AM

LAFAYETTE - For more than 20 years Nellie Dean has called this house her home. After her home was ruined in Hurricane Delta's aftermath she says all she could do was sit back, pray and hope that things would get better.

"It was just hard. I kept praying and asking for some help and here they come with some help. I could'nt believe that." said Dean

Dean's home had been crumbling for months since Hurricane Delta came through and destroyed it.

Parts of her home had become unlivable but she says things started to look up when people in her community called her. They said they wanted to help. 

"I said you sure? They said yes, I said I can't believe this, I can't believe it." said Dean 

Church member and friend Elroy Broussard stepped in with The Knights of Peter Claver, a Christian charity group and a local roofing company to fix Dean's home at no cost. 

"Ms. Dean was in need, she could not come up with all of her funds to repair her roof. We're happy to be a part of this, all the contributors, the friends of the community." said Broussard

Dean says this year has been extra hard. Not only did her home need repairing but so did her body after going through a stroke at the worst possible time. 

"I had a little mini stroke and I be stressed out worrying about it and now all of that is over. I just have to worry about my room now." said Dean

Dean's roof couldn't withstand Lafayette's recent sever weather or heavy showers. Her carpet inside her bedroom has been ruined. Through it all she is still over the moon.

"I'm going to be alrite, I'm happy and I'm going to sleep good at night." said Dean

To everyone who helped to repair Dean's roof she says Thank you very much.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank everybody, even the man upstairs, thank you." said Dean 

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