​InterWest was approached by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento to help sponsor a critical home repair project for an incredible 95 year old WWII veteran, Willard Ingraham and his 94 year old wife Juanita who live in a small town close to Woodland. As sponsors of several Veteran repair projects, we were truly inspired after reading his story in the write up they shared with us with their request for support.

The grandson of a slave, Willard  joined the army when he was 16 and witnessed the first atomic bombing in Japan. He endured and persevered through flagrant segregation and discrimination to eventually become a homeowner and just recently attained his long time goal of getting his high school diploma. When the information was shared with InterWest employees, two of our focus groups, Agribusiness and Personal Lines  stepped up to pledge their support. The following quote from Willard speaks volumes about his character and is truly inspiring.

“We are firm believers that, “if you get out in life and try to do your best and you are right in your heart and mind, God will send somebody to help you”. That help, according to Willard  and Juanita, is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. InterWest, along with other community partners will assist Habitat to make certain this amazing couple will continue to age in a safe and healthy environment.

Property clean-up began on September 16th.

If you know of a low-income family, a veteran or an elderly resident(s) who needs help with critical home repairs, use this link to learn more. https://habitatgreatersac.org/home-ownership/homerepair/

Habitats Home repair program has income limitations and qualification criteria which is outlined on their website.


Valerie Albert
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