RES­CUED from squalor

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - RUDDY MATHI­SON STAR Writer

Hopie Greenswort­h, who suf­fered a stroke 10 years ago, was liv­ing in sub­hu­man con­di­tions at her onebed­room house in Old Brae­ton, St Cather­ine, un­til help came her way re­cently.

The house of the for­mer sugar worker had de­te­ri­o­rated to the point where the roof had caved in, ex­pos­ing her and ev­ery item she had to the el­e­ments. Greenswort­h, who is dis­abled, re­lied on a tar­pau­lin to cover the sec­tion where the bed­room was lo­cated.

But last Mon­day, thanks to the Port­more Clifton Quarry

Hill char­ity group, her po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and some good cor­po­rate cit­i­zens, the 57-year-old Greenswort­h moved back into a ren­o­vated onebed­room house.

“We were shocked when we saw the con­di­tion that Hopie was liv­ing in,” said Cameka Dixon, who is the leader of the char­ity group.

“It was in such a ter­ri­ble state, I say to my part­ner, who is a part of the en­ter­tain­ment com­pany we man­aged, that no hu­man be­ing should be liv­ing like this; worse of all, she is dis­abled, we have to do some­thing to help.”

Greenswort­h’s plight was then brought to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion as her story moved sev­eral per­sons, among them Mayor of Port­more Leon Thomas.

“The con­di­tion was ex­tremely bad, so I con­tacted Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Fitz Jack­son and we made the de­ci­sion that a com­plete ren­o­va­tion was what was needed to re­ha­bil­i­tate the apart­ment,” Thomas said.

Greenswort­h was tem­po­rar­ily relocated from the house so the ren­o­va­tion work could take place.

“I was able to se­cure funding from both the coun­cil­lor (An­thony Wint of the Brae­ton di­vi­sion) and the mem­ber of par­lia­ment to com­ple­ment what I had ear­marked to put into the project from my per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion and the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion,” Thomas said.

“In ad­di­tion, we were also able to se­cure as­sis­tance from some cor­po­rate en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing J. Wray & Nephew, Mag­num Pro­mo­tions, Tor­pedo Loans and the Ki­wa­nis Club of Port­more so we could com­plete the ren­o­va­tion in two weeks — putting on a new roof, re­plac­ing the win­dows, putting in a paved walk­way, con­struct a new fence, in­stalling a new bath­room and new fur­ni­ture.”

Greenswort­h could hardly con­tain her ex­cite­ment when she saw her ren­o­vated house for the first time on Mon­day.

“I can hardly be­lieve my eyes, I have a brand new house and new fur­ni­ture, I don’t know what to say. Thank you mayor, MP and ev­ery­body who did this for me, I am so grate­ful,” she said.

Hopie Greenswort­h’s newly re­fur­bished house.

RUDDY MATHI­SON PHOTOS

Hopie Greenswort­h, a for­mer sugar worker at Bernard Lodge Es­tates in St Cather­ine.

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