Business Owner Helping Clean Up Elderly Woman’s Horrific Living Conditions
SPRING HILL- Over the past few months, 81-year-old Elizabeth Wissel would make the arduous journey from her home on Deltona Blvd to the Magnolia Terrace Tea Room in Weeki Wachee Village Shopping Center. Wissel spends most of her afternoons, sitting quietly alone, sipping tea and observing the steady flow of patrons come and go.
One rainy afternoon, owner Karen Dehnny approached the elderly woman, whom she thought may be homeless, and asked “How are you getting home.” Elizabeth told Karen that she walks there and would be walking home in the rain. Without hesitation, Dehnny told Wissel that she would be giving her a ride. After the short drive to Wissel’s home, Wissel invited Dehnny to come inside. Once inside Dehnny was overwhelmed by the smell of feces and Wissel’s horrendous living conditions.
Dehnny says the home was infested with fleas and spiders, but what really caught her by surprise were the numerous firearms, ammunition and gunpowder strewn throughout. Dehnny informed Karen that her son was a gunsmith, and that he was now residing in an assisted living facility. Realizing that the home was completely uninhabitable, Dehnny set out to help Wissel with her living conditions.
Dehnny invited Wissel to come stay with her until the residence could be cleaned up. While there, Dehnny provided Wissel with a haircut, shower, new clothes and a clean bed to sleep in. She also drove her to see her son for the first time since he was transferred to the facility. Dehnny says, “I hope the community will pull together and help make her golden years wonderful while keeping her in her home.”
Dehnny contacted several local businesses owners who agreed to volunteer their services; however, she needs more help from the community. This Sunday, Dehnny plans to hold a cleanup operation of Wissel’s home. She still needs certain materials like, linens, curtains, flooring, paint, door locks, cooking materials, toiletries and even a microwave.
If you have of these items you are willing to donate or would like to volunteer your time, please contact Karen at (352) 556-4819 or [email protected]
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