Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The members of the Riverton Meadows Seventh-day Adventist Church have solved the housing problem which for quite some time had faced Belinda Young, a wheelchair bound resident of Riverton City, Kingston.
Last Thursday she was presented with a new spacious one-bedroom board house. Pastor Errol Griffiths presided at the handing over ceremony.
Young's plight came to the church's attention at a board meeting in December last year and the decision was then taken to build the house.
It was disclosed that the dilapidated wooden house in which Young and her five-year-old granddaughter lived, leaked heavily whenever it rained, making life unbearable for them.
The Belinda Young project came into effect immediately as church members contributed generously to the fund. Hylton Mitchell, a member of the church who is a builder, worked tirelessly to see that the house was completed in record time. He was assisted by other members. The entrance to the house has a ramp so that Young can access the building easily with her wheelchair.
Young who is a recently baptised member of the church, says she is very grateful for the assistance given to her by the church to make her life more comfortable.
She has lived in the Riverton City community all her life. She became the victim of a gunman's bullet about 11 years ago. She was on her way from the market when gunmen held up the bus on which she was travelling and robbed the passengers. During the robbery she was shot in the back, leaving her paralysed from the waist down.
Despite her handicap, she is in good spirit and says she has decided to serve Jesus for the rest of her life.