Community helping family in need of home

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Mark Banks, his wife, and kids are closer to being together again under the same roof as a family. Mark suffered multiple strokes caused by lupus. He couldn't work, social services couldn't help, and the family became homeless.

Mark's struggle touched people to tears. A generous community is reaching out now to help them with a deposit once they do find a home.

William Berkovits organized the fundraiser getting the company he works for, First Med Ambulance Service, involved after he saw our first story about Mark Banks.

"I saw it on 12 on Your Side. With the holidays coming up, I personally believe you got to help people," William said. "A hard worker his whole life. It's just a shame he's in this situation."

Diagnosed with lupus, Mark suffered several strokes, lost his job, and the family evicted from their home. His wife Lois and their two teenage children live with Lois's parents now. Mark is ending his stay at the rehab center and doesn't have a home.

"We've got just over $2,000 and we're hoping that will be a big help in a down payment security deposit to finding the family a home for the holidays," William said.

Mark works hard at walking and making himself useful again. He wants to take of his family and is overwhelmed by all the people who care.

"I didn't realize so many people… they have family also. And this time of year...they have come together for me and my family. It's special," Mark said.

"If we can get him a place to live, somebody out there will say, they've got the finances now, with his disability taking affect in mid December," said Tim Burner with the Lexington Court Rehabilitation Center.

The Banks are looking at a house being renovated but it's not definite. An account is setup at Henrico County Credit Union under "Mark Banks" if you'd like to help. There are three locations. First Med Ambulance donated the LCD TV, and staff at HealthSouth, St. Mary's and Lexington Court bought raffle tickets.

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