Few individuals spend the time to get to know a homeless person and discover how they came to be living alone on the streets.
However, a hero in Los Angeles did get to know the homeless woman who was camped out outside his house and took amazing action to assist.
Since her spouse passed away and she lost her home ten years ago, Irene “Smokie” McGee had been residing on the streets of south Los Angeles.
The 60-year-old spent her nights sleeping on the ground while collecting recycling each day to sell so she could purchase food.
She spent the majority of her nights camped out in front of an apartment complex, where one resident got to know her and discovered her tale.
Elvis Summers, a local, said, “She’s a human being, a 60-year-old mother and grandmother sleeping in the dirt, it’s just not right,”
Built a tiny house for Irene in 5 days After becoming friends, Elvis decided to build her a house because he couldn’t bear the sight of her sleeping on the streets every night.
The good-hearted neighbor built her a house using $500 worth of wood that he had purchased, siding and roofing donated by a nearby business, and his own building skills.
“I just wanted to build something safe enough and secure enough so she’d be warm and comfortable.”
Irene eventually had a roof over her head five days later.
‘Slept half the day’
Irene reflected on her first night in her new 3.5 ft by 8 ft residence: “It felt so good, I was so relaxed, I think I must have slept half the day.”
Watch the video below to see Elvis construct this ideal small house.
Elvis really is a champion! To encourage others to assist those less fortunate than ourselves.
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