Shelton (WTNH) - After a two year battle with a local contractor, the Sheltoncommunity is helping a disabled woman and her children rebuildtheir lives by rebuilding their home.
Laura Sussan, of Shelton, is literally counting her blessings. Acontractor left her home renovation undone and she was lefthomeless with an empty savings account.
"I had paid him the money, $58,300, to do the work, and I stillowed the rest of it on completion. Obviously it's not completed,"Sussan said. "But he started doing work and he didn't have abuilding permit. The town came in and shut him down."
About two years ago, Sussan, who is legally blind, says shehired Cheshire Construction Servies to patch a leaky roof toimprove the lives of her three kids, Natalie, Jacob, and14-year-old Joshua who has a serious genetic condition similar toautism.
The company cleared trees and framed out an addition thatShelton officials deemed structurally unsound.
Because the renovation went incomplete for so long, weather gotin and mold was everywhere in the home. The family got sick and waseventually forced to vacate.
And now enter the Shelton community. Different groups steppedin to provide the familiy with shelter.
The Shelton Volunteer Fire Department and other localcontractors stepped in to rebuild Sussan's home.
"This is a neighborhood issue, and the fire department's mottois 'Neighbors helping neighbors,' Chris Jones, from the SheltonVolunteer Fire Department said. "This is a sunny-side neighborhoodand our company represents this area so it was the perfectopportunity to get involved."
While Shelton Fire is working on Sussan's house, Shelton Policeand the attorney general's office are actively investing Sussan'scase.
In fact, Attorny General Richard Blumenthal tells News Channel 8that he is seeking money from Cheshire Construction Service'sinsurance company to help with the repairs. He is also looking intoa number of other complaints filed against the company's owner,Bryant Esparo.
We were unable to get in touch with Cheshire Construction forcomment.
"Never take anything for granted. Life is too short," Sussansaid. "There's lots of things out there. I also learned if you dofor others, they're going to return the favor someday when you needit the most."
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