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Help a widowed caretaker for 71 year old Aunt with their Lawn Care - IOWA (Des Moines)

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I Want To Mow Your Lawn Inc.

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Sheri reached out for Aunt as the primary caretaker. They are based Des Moines, Iowa. She said "I have been caring for my Aunt who is 73 years old with congestive heart failure. I have been repairing our home with limited funds and fighting the city who wants to tear it down for the last year. I am 50 and my knees are bone on bone arthritis and I have degenerative disk disease in my spine. It's been a very difficult year, my husband passed away in March of 2020 and so my daughter, Aunt and myself are now living here in the house my Grandmother left us. I have had trouble with the backyard. Trees had grown that I haven't been able to cut (a little taller than me now) and vines and weeda. I've kept up with the front and sides of the house. The back got away from me when we were all sick with covid this summer. I tried to hire several people to do the yard work but with what I can afford no one shows up. We have now received a letter from the city threatening to forcibly enter and add to our taxes which will just cause more problems for us. I was wondering if you have someone in Iowa who might help. I could pay something just not as much as people want. We would really appreciate any help. If we could knock the backyard down, I could keep it that way. Thanks. I picked up the letter friday and it said I have 7 days to comply.

widowed, homeschooling my daughter and caring for my aunt who is elderly and disabled. I have been fixing up this house we three live in for the last year and a half to keep the city from taking it from us. My Grandmother left it to myself, my Aunt and my Mom who passed away five years ago. The city has fought hard to take the house which has been paid off since 1988. My aunt has lived here since 1964 when my Grandparents bought it. It had fallen into disrepair. I have fixed the foundation, had it rewired and redone the plumbing. The stress of the situation contributed to my husband's heart attack and death match 10th 2020.y daughter was recently diagnosed autistic. It's been a season on hell honestly. I am not running a business. I used to do childcare. I have been out of the workforce since about 2011. I have been a caregiver ever since. Cared for my Mother while she battled cancer until her death five years ago, cared for my Aunt with congestive heart failure and my grandmother for a time, she had dementia. I am generally here 24/7 trying to finish up repairs so we get to keep our home and I can keep Aunt Barbara and my daughter Lucy safe. Unless I go to the store, I'm here."

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About I Want To Mow Your Lawn Inc.

Location:

PO Box 3572, Wayne, NJ 07474, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to put some good out in the universe one lawn at a time by helping our seniors, veterans, disabled neighbors and those in underprivileged communities.

Description

In June 2020, courtesy of Covid-19, I was laid off from my job at a digital advertising agency in New York City. This event, not totally surprising given the pandemic, left me with a big question:

What now? What to do?
I’ve got to do something. I’m not yet 40, I have a family, there is strange new trouble in a world that is changing very fast.

What do I do?
On a whim, I decided to start a FREE lawn-mowing service for seniors, age 65 and up, in northern New Jersey, where I live, and soon I was harboring a moonshot vision of helping people on a scale beyond just my own part of the country.

Far-fetched? Maybe. But it just seemed to me that given everything we are all dealing with now, the least I can do is cut the grass for elderly neighbors. I know how to cut grass. Virus or no virus, people need this chore done; if they can’t do it themselves, they need someone else to do it.

It just feels good to help out, to do something tangible that people need done and can’t quite do themselves, something straight-forward and clean-cut as newly mowed grass. It really is helpful, it makes an immediate difference that people can see, and people are so appreciative because it is free, no strings, no small print, no paperwork at all. We come, we mow, we go.

Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

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WHERE

731 East Sheridan AvenueDes Moines, IA 50316

(41.61839,-93.60876)
 

SKILLS

  • Landscaping

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • 2
  • own landscaping equipment and transportation

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