Lafayette - A mother and her son will soon have a new roof over their heads after one local man learned of their living situation and solicited help from the community.
If you’re fortunate enough to have air-conditioning, lights, or structure in your life, imagine if it were all wiped away. That was the reality for one mother and her son -- that is until the Acadiana community stepped in.
"We joined hands that night and we prayed, and we prayed and we prayed," said Krista Hill.
Krista Hill and her son relocated to Lafayette from Baton Rouge in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. First staying at a local motel while they get back on their feet.
"The first motel we were at, we were robbed," Hill said. "All our phones were gone, we had no internet access. So of course, we left that motel."
After sleeping on the streets for a few nights, they were able to get into another motel. Then Ida struck and money ran low as hotel prices in Lafayette soared, sending them to a campsite where they had been for three weeks.
Then Terrance St. Julien was made aware of their situation.
"Every time I come to a situation like that, I go with an open mind and just wait and see what happens and when I got there and as I was driving, I saw the set up, I was like ‘oh my god,' St. Julien said.
St. Julien says that’s when he solicited the help of the community.
"Just my help may get you only so far," he said. "If I get the community involved, who knows what you may end up with?"
He was made aware of Hill’s situation Sunday and by Tuesday, Hill and her son received some amazing news.
She says the generosity from the Acadiana community has impacted her most.
"What’s impacting me the most is how everybody’s just been awesome...awesome," Hill said. "I mean when people say your life can change overnight, it can."
Both Hill and her son are staying at a local motel until their new home is ready for move-in.