By From page A5 | March 19, 2014


As my husband’s illness became worse, we needed more help around the house. Friends and family did everything they could.

Before this time I was someone who did not want any agency to know all my business. I dislike very much filling out papers. I don’t like to ask for or to receive help (receiving is much harder than giving). But through this extremely hard time I had to let those who would, or could, come right in and fill in the gaps.

When it rains it pours. During the hardest times for my husband and I, it seemed everything broke and we had no time, ability or money to fix things. Some companies that sell large ticket items feel that this is the time to circle like sharks and take advantage of people that are weakened and vulnerable. We had several experiences like that, especially when our heater broke altogether. It was cold out and in.

Hospice came onto the scene and were helpful with so much. One thing they did was introduce me to Human Services right here in Placerville. They did a program (among other programs that are so vital in our community) called Weatherization. Sure, I had to fill out papers (piles of them). But I was helped by Amanda, who guided me through and made it simple.

The next step was Kean (rhymes with Ian), who came and inspected. Ever get inspected? I anticipated something like a school principal (from 1930). White gloves, ticking off marks on a paper with a disapproving sneer. But Kean was so kind and human and he laughed with my husband and made me feel as though we were old pals and that he understood us and wasn’t there to judge at all — just there to help.

Weatherization contacted Jonas Heating. Ed, the owner, came with Mark and they installed a huge, wonderful heater up in the attic (no easy feat). Kean and Kevin came and installed gas monitors, fire alarms and a ceiling fan. They fixed my kitchen and bathroom faucets, and weatherized my leaky doors. Ed and Mark vacuumed up after themselves and they all left leaving no bill to pay, no mess, nothing but more comfort and ease in our home.

Wow. Still think our government can’t do anything right? When you are really down, who comes to the rescue? Human Services, and Jonas Heating, that’s who.

Thank you for so very much.

Diamond Springs

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