Mary Thompson, an 89-year-old blind woman living in poverty on Abraham Street off James Road, is feeling good.
In the days since she spoke with The Nassau Guardian about living alone in her wooden shack, Thompson has received an outpouring of support from the public.
“I am saying to all the people who reached out that I’m praying for them and I thank them very much from the bottom of my heart,” Thompson said yesterday.
Thompson said the fact that people have reached out makes her feel “real good” and “proud”.
Since Thompson has told her story, there has been an outpouring of support from people offering to help repair her home.
Thompson, who has no children and has never married, lost her eyesight to a medical condition years ago. Without assistance, her house was falling apart.
Meanwhile, an elderly Haitian man who lived out of his car, just a few feet away from Thompson, has reconnected with his children.
Leonce Louis, a permanent resident who moved to The Bahamas from Haiti over 50 years ago, began struggling to find work as a gardener three years ago, which left him living out of a rundown station wagon.
Rita Thompson, an advocate for her community, said yesterday that it doesn’t matter who helps but it is important that the help comes.
“The response has been overwhelming,” Thompson said.
“We had several different organizations who came and saw the condition that she lives in and they were really broken-hearted to really see it.
“…You know, reading it in the paper and actually seeing it is totally different.
“So, we had a lot of persons who came and said they would try to assist but up to this point we haven’t seen anything in hand.
“We’re hoping that God will intervene and touch whoever he needs to touch and connects everybody to do what they have to do to make a small donation towards Ms. Thompson’s life being a little more comfortable.”
Thompson says she hopes that by May repairs will be complete.
As far as Louis, Thompson said, “Well that story was a little touching for me because I didn’t know that he had children here but apparently they found two of his kids.
“The son was really overwhelmed by how his father was living.
“He was brought to tears, which touched a lot of the community.
“So, they were able to hold him.
“They didn’t have enough space but they made space for him until he gets some other living accommodations.
“That was a very heartbreaking story for me.
“…He had not connected with his father, I think he said, for over 40 years.
“It was really heartbreaking.”
Thompson reiterated that her motivation is not political nor is it religious, she just wants to see her neighbors get help.