It is more than enough incentive to keep going when a whole community gets behind you and supports what you’re doing.
This is the situation that a couple from Katy, Texas named Julian Nicholson and Jaylan Gray found themselves in until their community stepped in and helped them regain ownership of their house.
Since their mother passed away two years ago, the Nicholson brothers’ journey through life has not been an easy one. However, just before she passed away, she asked Jaylan to pledge that he would care after Julian and that they would never sell the property that they had spent so much time and effort paying for.
The desires that Jaylan’s late mother had for him to respect her were difficult to carry through, despite his best efforts.
The pipes in their home broke in the midst of a severe winter storm the year before, causing their house to flood and the only thing that remained undamaged was their mother’s dining table.
Jaylan was barely holding it together as he attempted to maintain a roof over their heads, both in a physical and symbolic sense.
And just when Jaylan believed that things couldn’t get much worse, the contractor he hired to undertake the renovations on the home took off with around $20,000 of their money, as well as their air-conditioner!
He submitted a complaint on the contractor to the authorities, but it seemed as if the contractor had disappeared into thin air. Also, their homeowner’s insurance policy, which would have paid for the damage and repairs, had already expired when the incident occurred.
Because he had no other option, he had no alternative but to work on making their home as habitable as possible. It was a Herculean effort, and he already had a lot of stuff to cope with. However, he agreed to take on the challenge.
There was not even enough money to pay for the most insignificant of repairs. In the event that they decided to go in with their grandmother, it would be necessary for Julian to change schools.
However, they were adamant about remaining in the home that had been left for them by their parents.
This obligation of appreciation was due by Jaylan to their mother, additionally, he wanted for his younger brother to develop there, create memories, and participate in athletics for the same school that Jaylan had attended.
Jaylan was well aware that in order for everything to work out, he would need to make significant concessions due to the fact that his obligations included both Julian and the home. As a result, he left his studies unfinished.
Even though their lives from that point on would never be the same again, he wanted Julian to know that he loved and cared for him in his role as Julian’s older brother.
Jaylan wanted nothing more than to fix up the family house after it had been wrecked, but he had no idea where to start or how he would pay for it. The only thing he was certain of was that he could not give up on it.
But it is a fact that angels roam the earth. In this instance, they are representatives of Katy Responds, a charitable organization that, through the combined efforts of volunteers and monetary contributions, assists in the reconstruction of houses that have been destroyed by natural catastrophes.
Volunteers Michelle and Kevin Duty couldn’t believe what Jaylan Gray had gone through with his contractor, and they couldn’t believe it either.
As soon as they learned that Jaylan had to handle a significant amount of responsibility at such a young age, their hearts shattered. They were forced to put their executive director, Ron Peters, at the forefront of the situation.
Ron did not show the slightest sign of reluctance. After assessing the whole degree of the damage sustained by the home, he wasted no time in getting to work and enlisting the assistance of a number of willing individuals.
During the subsequent period of three months, they removed all of the broken furniture, made repairs to the roof, rebuilt the drywall, and reworked the wiring, plumbing, and paint throughout the whole home.
They had set themselves the aim of finishing the home in time for the beginning of the school year.
After three long months, the home was finally built. When Jaylan and Julian first walked inside their house, they could barely believe what they were seeing, and the overpowering happiness pushed them to tears.
Jaylan claims that it was far more than he could have ever dreamed. His mind was blown away by the generosity of the volunteers who went above and beyond their duties.
As for Julian, the little youngster had trouble containing his emotions as he observed the generosity of his town firsthand and found himself unable to keep the tears back.
In spite of the negative experience, they had with their contractor, it reinforced his conviction that there are still nice people in the world. After everything they had been through, he couldn’t see anything positive happening to them.
Jaylan and Julian are unquestionably brothers who will always look out for one another throughout their lives.