In 2010 we were introduced to Vernette and her three children who were living in an abandoned box trailer. There were no windows or electricity or plumbing. The “bathroom” was the bushes outside. The children were 14, 12 and 9. All three attended school and were proud to show us their exceptional report cards. Vernette worked part-time in the laundry of a hotel. She suffers with retinitis pigmentosa which makes her vision very poor. (She has since had to stop working as she is almost blind now.) Starve Poverty with the help of some local volunteers was able to build a three bedroom house with plumbing and electric. On spring break that same year a group from Stockton State College in NJ painted the exterior of the house.
On a recent trip in November 2012 Starve Poverty painted inside and outside and built a handrail to help Vernette be safe on the front steps. The yard was cleared of rocks and some native plants added a nice homey touch. The Starve Poverty team, Vernette’s church and the Exuma Foundation bought and installed a full size refrigerator.