Lancer woman to volunteers: ‘Now I can live on my own’

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

September 25, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — For Terri Recker, everyday life had become a struggle.

Beset by a wide variety of health problems in recent years, including aneurysms, a heart attack, brain surgery and a stroke that left her partially paralyzed on one side of her body, Recker, who lives alone, found it difficult to accomplish many common tasks.

“I have to cook outside on a grill,” Recker noted. “Because of my brain surgery, I often forget to turn things off, so it’s safer for me to cook on the grill.”

The only problem — Getting to her grill meant navigating a set of steps outside her back door, no simple task, given her paralysis.

Finally, last Monday, she went to the Auxier Center and told them, “I just need a little help.”

She never imagined what would happen next. By Friday, volunteers from Hand in Hand Ministries, some travelling from as far as Louisville, were knocking on her door, ready to begin construction of a 20 foot-by-14 foot rear deck, as well as a 12-foot handicapped-accessible ramp.

“They came from Louisville to help me, and they don’t even know me,” Recker said.

“It doesn’t matter, if somebody needs it,” said Rick Hall, one of the volunteers. A contractor from Louisville, Hall said he believes in helping those in need, whenever he can, and he often volunteers with Hand in Hand to fulfill that mission. “I do the same thing in Louisville.”

For Recker, the assistance was more than a home improvement project. It was a new lease on life.

“Now I can live on my own,” Recker said. “I couldn’t survive, if it weren’t for these people here.”