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Stroke survivor gets roof replaced with the help of a nonprofit, a bank

8 years after struggling to get back on her feet, a Shreveport woman works to get over a new obstacle
A Shreveport woman was able to replace her roof with the joint help of The Grace Project and...
A Shreveport woman was able to replace her roof with the joint help of The Grace Project and Origin Bank.(KSLA)
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:32 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 8:17 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — After battling a stroke in 2014, a Shreveport woman struggled to get back on her feet. Now eight years later, she is working to get over a new obstacle.

“I’m so grateful, Lord knows I am,” Eleanor Lafaye Bell said.

She’s talking about just one of her hurdles — an old roof.

“I had my insurance come out, and they said I needed to have the roof replaced. It wasn’t the roof being repaired.”

Bell had a stroke in 2014 that forced her into early retirement from her job at a behavioral health hospital.

“I didn’t worry about that much because I was worried about how I was going to pay my bills.”

After a friend told her about The Grace Project, Bell received $6,000 to replace her roof.

The nonprofit works with affordable housing development and rehabilitation of homes. Director Calvin Lester said they teamed up with Origin Bank’s Special Needs Assistance Program for the first time to be able to give back to two applicants in need of help.

“We identified some people in our community that had needs for rehabilitation on their homes we made sure that qualified for the program and worked with (a) local contractor,” he said.

The Grace Project is ready to help more people in the community next year. Lester said there already is a stack of applications on his desk.

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