There aren’t that many individuals who are willing to put in the effort to get to know a person who is homeless and listen to their tale about how they came to be living on the streets by themselves.
However, one brave person in Los Angeles did take the time to get to know the homeless woman who slept in the dirt in front of his house, and he did an amazing thing to assist her.
Since her husband passed away and she was unable to keep their home, Irene “Smokie” McGee has been forced to make a life for herself on the streets of south Los Angeles for the past ten years.
The woman, who was 60 years old, spent her nights sleeping on the ground as she collected recycling every day to sell so that she could purchase food.
She spent the majority of her time sleeping in front of an apartment complex, and one of the residents there eventually became her friend and learned about her background.
Elvis Summers said: “She’s a human being, a 60-year-old mother and grandmother sleeping in the dirt, it’s just not right.”
Constructed a tiny in five days
Elvis and Irene became friends, and the young man decided to help by building Irene a house because he couldn’t stomach seeing her spend every night sleeping on the streets.
The good-hearted neighbor constructed her a house using $500 worth of wood that he had purchased, siding and roofing donated by a nearby business, and his own construction skills.
“I just wanted to build something safe enough and secure enough so she’d be warm and comfortable.”
“It felt so good, I was so relaxed, I think I must have slept half the day,” Irene recalled her first night in her new 3.5 by 8 foot house.