FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Army wife Amanda Brewer and her six children were displaced multiple times this year because of mold in her Fort Belvoir home, while her husband Josh was serving oversees.
Brewer's family was put in a temporary home because of the mold.
"Our spouses are all serving the country, and they're willing to die for their country," Brewer said. "We should all, at the very minimum, be able to have a safe home."
Brewer's temporary home also had to be remediated for mold three times. And it was't just material items that were lost, but memories that can never be rewritten.
"It's really hard," Brewer said. "My kiddo was in the backseat of the car bawling, because he couldn't figure out what he wanted for his birthday, because he's lost so much stuff."
At Virginia's Fort Belvoir, desperation created a bond. Army wives Brewer, Raven Roman and Jessica Carmean, and Navy spouses Kristi Wright and Ashley Fischer, said they were so frustrated they felt they had no choice but to create a housing advocacy group.
"Mold [spreads] when you move it," Brewer said. "Spores kind of go everywhere. Every step that they take, every time they bounce, etc., then there's more and more spores going everywhere."
Amanda's friends, the WUSA9 Impact Team and dozens of volunteers decided to transform the Brewers' house into a home, so they can make new memories.
WUSA9's Impact Team would like to thank the following:
Coast to Coast Interiors
Mission BBQ, Alexandria, VA
Home Depot of Hybla Valley
Pillar Church of Woodlawn
Brian Collison, Pastor (former US Army)
Justin Budzynski (USAF)
Johnathon Baggett (USAR Chaplain Candidate)
Thornton Redman (USAF Spouse)
Katie Gritzmaker (USAF)
Jared Gritzmaker (USAF Spouse)
Military Housing Advocacy Network
Brewer Family Friends
McNair Bishop of Room by Room
Lynn Woloschel of Interiors by Lyn
Dawn Frattarelli of Town and Country Movers
Erica O'Neal of the Tamara Kucik Team/Towerhill Realty
Heather Reis of Keller WIlliams, Falls Church, VA
Friends of Michelle Alonoso:
Nicole Mel Linc
Dina Raduechel Schumer
Faith Gabriel Boettger
Valerie Landis Burke
Marjorie Oakley Rich