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Energy Outreach Colorado renews disabled senior’s faith in good deeds

07 Sep. 2017

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Energy Outreach Colorado renews disabled senior’s faith in good deeds


Good intentions led to difficult consequences for a wheelchair-bound Pueblo senior who believes everyone deserves a home.

Carmine D., 65, is known for opening her heart to people in need. The retired nurse opened her home to a struggling couple who a family friend sent to her for help. She was rewarded with a sky-high electric bill the following month.

Carmine discovered that the couple had shared her laundry facilities with a large group of their acquaintances. They had also helped themselves to much of her food, jewelry and other possessions.

“My electricity was turned off, and the police were called to my home,” she said, adding that the offenders fled the scene to avoid arrest. “I was just trying to help.”

Fortunately, Energy Outreach Colorado provided Carmine some help of her own to get squared away on her electric bill. Now her grown sons and caretaker are ensuring that her giving nature isn’t taken advantage of again. “I’ll be okay now. I really appreciate the help,” she said.

“Before this couple, I helped another older lady get into an apartment and she was as good as gold and helped take care of me,” said Carmine, who worked for 31 years while raising her sons single-handedly, then was partially paralyzed during a neck surgery following a serious fall.  

“I have a soft spot because I’ve been in tough situations myself, and I believe you have to look at the good side of people -- but they have to help themselves a bit, too,” she said.


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