Wednesday, March 08, 2006

California RV Dealer Helps Homless Couple

The Vehicle Store RV Center is located just two blocks down Mission Avenue from the Palm Tree Lodge. But for Rod Borders and Cheryl LaForge, the auto dealership's parking lot might as well be a world away from the motel.

For most of the fall, the 71-year-old Borders and his wife had alternated between living at the Palm Tree and on the streets of Escondido, sleeping in their beat-up 1981 Chevrolet El Camino.

In late January, the couple moved into a 1986 Pinnacle motor home tucked into the back corner lot at the RV dealership. Ed Hughes, the store's owner, told them he would sell them the vehicle at cost and let them stay on the property indefinitely.

"It's unbelievable," Borders said, as he stood in the narrow, light mauve living quarters of his 28-foot home on Monday. "Sometimes, I have to pinch myself."

Hughes has let the couple hook up to his store's electricity and water at no charge while they wait for some minor repairs to the vehicle, including replacing a fractured windshield.

"We're not making a nickel off them. We're just trying to help them," said Hughes, who said he learned of the couple's situation from the news article.

"He knows what he's done for us," LaForge said. "But I don't think he knows the extent of what he's done for us." Full Story & Photo...

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