VANCOUVER, Wash. – A local couple that had to get out of their longtime home because of mold contamination is in a brand new house, thanks to a generous community.
Shelly and Craig Johnson held an open house Saturday to thank family, friends and numerous contractors, on a sunny afternoon is a new subdivision. Their home is on the corner, and they could not be more happy to have it.
“It’s like a dream come true, neither one of us have lived in a brand new house. So this is pretty spectacular, said Shelly Johnson. “We wake up every morning thinking this is the best hotel we’ve ever stayed in.”
The 1,600 square-foot home was built with free or reduced help from contractors, friends and family, along with cash donations. The Johnsons had to basically write off their old home where they raised their children, because a hidden mold problem contaminated the house and made both of them very sick.
Craig and Shelly still have a mortgage, but are very thankful for all the help to make it affordable.
“Partnering with builders and contractors and Carlson Homes and Banner Bank was just amazing, and here we are in their home-- all nice and clean and healthy," said Tiffany Johnson, Shelly’s friend of 30 years who spearheaded the effort.
The group has since started a nonprofit to help others in similar situations, called the Raise the Roof Foundation. The Johnsons intend to do what they can to support it.
“How do you ever thank people that you don’t know that would do this for Craig and me. I feel like we have family. There are some people that have no family so we’re going to do our best to pay it forward,” said Johnson.