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Dec 15, 2014

Hattieville Fire Victim Gets New Home

Five and a half months ago on the morning of July eighth, Hattieville Justice of the Peace, Eloise Hyde, and her family lost the place they called home to a fire. The Hattieville family was left destitute after the fire, which was started by her grandson, gutted their wooden house and they sought shelter at the nearby school. That was July, but fast track to today; a concrete, three-bedroom bungalow house now stands erected on the property. The handiwork of an organization known as Hattieville Resource Center, the keys of the new house was handed over to Hyde at a brief ceremony in Hattieville. While Hyde was thankful for a place her family can call home again, Linsford Castillo of HRC says they are glad that the organization could give back.


Linsford Castillo, Hattieville Resource Center

Linsford Castillo

“I promised to help her construct or build a house and at the time, I had no idea how we would have done it and after reflecting upon the promise that I made to her at one point felt that I was crazy…how was I gonna build a house for a lady who has suffered a tremendous loss. But to make a long story short, we persevered. Through the assistance of many of our friends, relatives and some clients of our own, we decided and we met and solicited and so we are here today handing over the keys to a brand new three-bedroom house to Miss Eloise Hyde, of which I am happy to say she does not owe any financial institution for it, she does not need to thank any insurance company for it; she does not need to give her thanks or appreciation to any politician and certainly she doesn’t need to thank me.”


Eloise Hyde

Eloise Hyde, Homeowner

“I thank my Jesus because without him, nothing would be better and he always say faith moves mountains and that’s what I believe in. I feel great about my home; I got a new home. And god is so wonderful and great to bring Mister Linsford Castillo and his wife, Wendy Castillo, to assist me as an angel; to guide me and to give me a home. As in life, you can’t kill a louse with one finger…you gotta kill it with two. At the time when my house burn, I can’t explain it; it was really devastating. I didn’t know if I was sitting on my feet, or by bottom or my two hands. It was really rough, like yo loss a life. It was twenty-eight years of struggling and I want to say thanks to all the people that come out to me…N.G.O.s, whosoever. I want to say thanks.”

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