Making a Selma Widow’s Home Livable Again

June 16, 2016

Making Emergency Repairs for a Selma Widow

When longtime Selma, Alabama resident, Gloria Hibbler, lost her husband, she became the sole caregiver for her disabled son, Victor. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of her responsibilities, Gloria realized that her home was becoming too difficult to manage alone. Recently, Charter our Community stepped in, and more than two dozen employees teamed up with Edmundite Missions, to make emergency improvements to Gloria’s house.

An image of Gloria and Victor Hibbler in front of their Selma home.

Gloria and Victor Hibbler stand in front of their Selma home.

Replacing the Roof to Make the Home Livable

Gloria’s house was becoming unlivable. The roof leaked, pipes in two bathrooms were ravaged by tree roots, windows were broken, and the floor joists were damaged by termites. Gloria and Victor would have needed to relocate if something wasn’t done quickly to remedy these problems.

A professional roofer helped install a new roof and volunteers replaced the doors, fixed the the plumbing in the bathrooms, and made other crucial repairs.

An image of Charter our Community volunteers surveying the Hibbler's roof to assess any damage.

Charter our Community team members paint the trim on Gloria’s roof.

Saving a Lifetime of Family Memories

Gloria is grateful that she can continue to make family memories in the home that she’s lived in for decades. It was a huge relief when the repairs were made, so she could spend more time focusing on her son.

“[By] me staying here, this means that the kids will continue to remember the good things about this house. Charter and Edmundite saved me. I would like to thank them for all of the work they have done for me and I will never forget it.”

Take Action

Charter our Community volunteers across the country aim to improve 25,000 homes by 2020. If you would like to volunteer with us or help our partners, click here.

Be sure to watch the video above to hear more of Gloria’s story and the efforts to rebuild her home.