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Dear Friends,

Five years ago, my life was dramatically altered. After years of physical problems and only being able to walk for 10 or 15 minutes at a time, I could suddenly only take a few steps. I then partially lost the use of my hands. I could no longer work as my list of physical limitations mounted. Within months, I was unable to walk and was confined to living full-time in a wheelchair. Doctors concluded that these were due to a variety of bacterial autoimmune diseases.

I want to share how AHC made an important difference in my life. Knowing that I needed safe, accessible housing that I could afford long-term, I used my savings to buy a small, inexpensive one-story home in Round Lake Park. Friends and family members removed the old carpeting and installed new flooring so that I could maneuver my wheelchair. Another friend built a makeshift wheelchair ramp. I thought that I was finally getting situated and had regained a certain level of independence and housing stability.

However, after moving in, I learned that my home had major problems that would prevent me from staying here. My sewer line backed up and needed complete replacement. A hole in the living room wall allowed in rainwater and the crawl space would periodically flood. The makeshift wheelchair ramp was also very steep and narrow. If I didn’t line up perfectly, I would get stuck halfway up the ramp. The situation was dangerous, especially in inclement weather. The cost for all these repairs was prohibitive on my disability income. I had no idea what I was going to do. I said a quick prayer, “God if you could make thousands of dollars come out of nowhere, that would be very helpful.” I laughed to myself after saying this.

A few days later, I received a call from AHC’s Construction Specialist. He told me that AHC had grant funds and donations available to help people in my situation. I soon had a fully functioning, safe and accessible home. AHC replaced the sewer system, repaired the crawl space and built a brand new, well-constructed wheelchair ramp. It changed my life. AHC’s staff handled the entire process with tremendous compassion and professionalism.

While I still face various physical challenges, I am extremely grateful for the help provided by AHC and for supporters like you who made a difference in my life. I recently joined AHC’s Board of Directors in an effort to give back to the community and help others. Please join me in supporting AHC so that we can impact even more lives in our community.

Together, let’s keep this going.

With much gratitude,

Jonathan Seiver
AHC is a HUD-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers families to rent homes, buy homes, repair homes and save homes from foreclosure in Lake County, Illinois.
AHC Board of Directors:
Bill Powers, President
Brent Kenyon, Vice President
Chris Truax, Treasurer
Rev. Marcus Burnett
Gillian Derbyshire
Rodolfo Delacruz
Alix Eugene
Tim Johnston
Linda Liberatore
Patricia Pappas
Jonathan Seiver
Casandra Slade
Rae Torbik
Connie Trujillo
Sean Weppler 
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