Elderly woman who lost her husband and home in the same day is ‘adopted’ by a neighbor and has her old house rebuilt by the community.

Gean LeVar of Glendale, Arizona, had the worst experience of her life in January 2021. All in one day, she lost her home and her husband of 58 years.

When the cops entered her house, they discovered such deplorable living conditions that they were forced to condemn it. Worse, the widow had no children or family to whom she could turn.

Carmen Silva, Gean’s next-door neighbor, had only recently learned of her predicament. She, on the other hand, didn’t see that as an excuse not to assist her in her hour of need.

Gean LeVar in an interview with Steve Hartman - her house rebuilt

“I told her, ‘Don’t worry, Gean, we’ll fix it,'” she told CBS News.

The Silvas have eight children and live in a small three-bedroom house. Regardless of how crowded they were, they gladly made room for one more.

Carmen’s sons gave up their bed to sleep on the couch so that their new adopted grandmother could sleep comfortably.

Inside Gean LeVar's old home which was rebuilt by the community

“She appears to be very happy, and I believe this is because she now has a whole family,” she explained.

Some might say Carmen went too far with her neighborliness, but she doesn’t see it that way.

“I’ve always taught my children to respect their elders,” she explained.

Gean stated that her new family “means everything to her.”

CBS News shared Gean’s story on its official Facebook page, and many people were moved by how the entire Silva family came to the aid of their neighbor. Here are some of their responses:

Carmen Silva in an interview with Steve Hartman

“People who have less are always the most giving.”

“This is the best. I love the family and kids to give up so much for this elderly person. They should get a new home to fit all the kids. God bless them.”

“This is what it’s all about. Compassion is a beautiful thing. Love thy neighbor as thyself!”

“One day, one person, one blessing at a time makes a better world!”

Gean LeVar sitting on a bed, her house rebuilt by the community

After the Silvas took her in, her story was heard by a nonprofit organization called “Operating Enduring Gratitude,” which assists Arizona veterans and their families.

“There are resources in place to assist the majority of veterans, but some fall through the cracks.” “This one fell through the crack,” said Army veteran Charlie Ellis, the organization’s Founder and CEO.

Gean’s late husband, Thomas, was a Navy veteran who served two years as a payload specialist in the Navy, so volunteers worked tirelessly to renovate the dilapidated house.

“He was always very proud of his service,” Gean said.

Gean LeVar laughing with the Silvas

During the reveal, flags were placed along the front lawn of Gean’s newly renovated home. The house, which was built in the 1950s, took 18 months of hard work by nearly 200 volunteers, including students, veterans, and those connected to the veteran community.

“We’re all coming together to do one thing: make someone’s life complete,” said one volunteer.

Gean smiled as she walked through her newly rebuilt home. She stated that she is most looking forward to cooking in her new kitchen.

“Oh, I think it’s wonderful,” she said.

Gean LeVar and the Silva family standing on the front lawn of her newly renovated home

“We’ve modernized the electrical. We’ve got showers she can walk into. Fantastic,” Charlie said. “People that love on our veteran community all here today. To share in the love. Their time. Their generosity.”

Gean’s house is condemned no more, and she plans to share it with none other than the Silvas, who provided her with a home when she needed one.

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