A Ridgefield post office worker who lost his home in last week’s storm is seeking help from the community he’s served for the past three decades
Brad Owens and his wife, Wendy, are currently living on Lewis Drive with resident Kathleen Hartford, whom the couple met and became friends with at Jesse Lee Methodist Church.
“I play the guitar and Brad plays the drum in the church band,” Hartford said.
“Anyone who goes to the post office knows Brad,” she added. “He’s worked the front desk there for 30 years.”
Hartford has set up a GoFundMe page for the Owenses with the goal of raising $10,000.
“They live in a trailer in Danbury, and it was completely destroyed by the tornado,” she said. “It was under-insured and it will take them at least six months to get a new trailer. …
“They’re homeless with no money to go toward living expenses and no money for a new place,” she added. “Let’s face it, the post office has good benefits, but they don’t pay much in terms of salary.”
Hartford said Owens has been able to walk to work from her home, which is off High Ridge Avenue, this week but needs a place to stay long-term.
“I don’t mind letting them stay here; I just think they’re two adults who need a place of their own while they wait for their new home,” she explained. “They’re good, hard-working people who have served Ridgefield for a while.”
Everything they own — furniture, clothing and bedding — received significant water damage last week, Hartford said.
“If 100 people donate $100 each, that could completely change their life,” she said.
To donate, go to gofundme.com/help-brad-and-wendy-owens.