Maudie James Story
|It will be a wonderful holiday season for one South Florida woman this year. Maudie James, a 90 year old resident of Hallandale Beach has had a change of pace in her everyday life of caring for her community.
This year she will receive the gift of a newly renovated home. With the thoughtfulness of the Hallandale Beach/Aventura Rotary Club, and many donors, her $100,000 home makeover was made possible.
For years, Ms. James has been selflessly giving to everyone around her. Not only has she raised and cared for 9 children, but she has also made herself, a mother to the community. She plays a large part in leading her local church, inspiring many with her gift for singing. She’s involved with many local events and volunteer tasks. Some of which include, helping the less fortunate by cooking meals and sewing or washing clothing. Her heartfelt acts even reach on to helping children in the area, where mentoring and leadership was needed in their lives.
All the while, this angel in disguise had been living in a home without air conditioning for almost 5 decades. Her aging washer was located outside, where her family helped her clean and hang her own and others’ laundry. Even the doorways of her two bedroom home weren’t wide enough for her walker, a necessity that helps move her around. She was unaware of how much Chief Dan Sullivan, recent President of the local Rotary Club, and her local friends, were about to give her.
Meisner Electric, Inc. quickly joined with several other contractors and developers to help. It was an easy decision to make for such a strong and committed woman. Not only was her home transformed to make it handicap accessible, but she also gained her first central air-conditioning system, brand new appliances, and lighting fixtures. The entire house was rewired to accommodate these modern upgrades. Some of which were, a kitchen stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, water heater, and of course her new AC. Some of the outside renovations were a newly poured driveway, landscaping, hurricane proof-shutters, and a new patio.
After beginning the project in August this year, her home was completely refurbished a few months later. She first saw her completed home at the ribbon cutting ceremony October 25th, 2008. She raised her hands to the sky, and sang a prayer. Then, she continuously thanked all the people around her, and said it was “a blessing”. Her kind heartedness has touched many in her lifetime, and now the favor has been returned. Meisner Electric is proud to be a part of such a miracle for someone who is in need and very deserving.