Liz Treston was one of the first people who contacted me regarding this blog sooooo many ago. She has always been one of my biggest supporters, but most importantly a person who has inspired me with all the work she has done for our Long Beach community. Like so many of us, her home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. With rebuilding, she faced added costs of making her house accessible. Unfortunately her contractor took off with her money. Please help this wonderful lady get back home! There’s a fundraiser on March 24th at the Knights of Columbus (970 W. Beech Street, Long Beach, NY). If you can’t make the event, you can always help by donating directly to: http://www.nycspinalcord.org/liz-treston-fund/
About: Get Liz Treston Home!
Liz has a C6 spinal cord injury and lives in Long Beach, NY. Her home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and now, more than 5 years later, she is still not home!
After FEMA declared her wheelchair accessible house “substantially damaged”, meaning that the cost of repairs would be more than half the appraised value and demanded that she either elevate or rebuild, Liz finally found a contractor to do the work in the summer of 2016. Now her contractor has taken $100,000 and disappeared, leaving the house undone and uninhabitable. Lack of Accessibility:
“Finding a place where I can rent in Long Beach was — and still is — very difficult,” said Liz. She has been living in different rental homes in the West End of Long Beach for more than a year while her Wyoming Avenue home is being elevated. LIz has lived in three different rentals, struggling to find wheelchair-accessible buildings while she rebuilds.“During the summer, I had a rental where I took a shower outside because I couldn’t get into the bathroom.”
Get Liz Treston Home Fundraiser Saturday, March 24th 3pm-6pm @the Knights Pub in the West End.
Ticket available via cash or check in advance $60, or at the door $75. Space is limited!
Some of the breweries donating their time and frosty beverages so far are The Long Beach Brewery, Flying Belgian, Lithology, Montauk and Sixpoint.
Tax- deductible donations are through NYC Spinal, a chapter of United Spinal Association- a 501(c)(3).