House for needy family built in memory of former Valley resident

Sherry Martell
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BIBLE HILL - Overwhelming grief felt by a local family has become a catalyst to bring happiness to another family desperate for help in Central America.
Family members of former Valley resident Adele Sargeant were devastated by the loss of their loved one last August and have been working together to honour her memory.
"She was a caring person," said Adele's sister June Carter.
"She was always doing things for people."
Adele's mom, Doris Crowe, of Valley, said before her daughter had succumbed to cancer she had asked her to look after her sisters, and when she heard about the home building project during a church service at Valley United she felt embracing it would help the family cope with its devastating loss.
"When this came up, I thought this would be a nice thing to do in her memory," said Crowe.
Last fall Adele's parents and three sisters launched a campaign to build a home for a Guatemalan family through the Arms of Jesus Children's Mission Inc. With donations from friends and relatives and by hosting card parties they successfully raised $2,000 to build a 16-foot by 20-foot home for a family of five in the rural community of Parramos.
The foreign family was surrounded by unfathomable poverty and resided in a hovel, described by volunteer house builders as a heartbreaking scene with its walls and roof built from cornstalks laced tightly together doing little to prevent rain from leaking in.
The new home took only four hours to build and has solid walls, a cement floor and tin roof to shelter its occupants from the elements.
Adele's House, as named by the family, is now home to a family of five, a married couple and their three children.
Sarah Waringer, Adele's sister, said there are no words to describe the gratitude the family has expressed for the help they have been given.
She said by North American standards the family's new home could compare to a shed, but to them it is like a mansion and will give them hope for the future.
"Doing this, it helped us take our mind off our sorrow and grief," said Waringer.
"And I know if she could have, she would have been right there helping us," said Carter.
The house was one of eight built in April, an effort spearheaded in the local area by Joan Kohler who introduced the program to the Valley United Church congregation.
Members of the United Church Women's group also donated quilts for Guatemalan families along
with other items such as medical supplies.

Organizations: Arms of Jesus Children, Mission Inc., North American Valley United Church United Church Women

Geographic location: Central America, Parramos

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