Before she had even cleared her early twenties, Wendy’s life was packed with excitement and success. She has met Reba McEntire and shared the set of Walker, Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, she attended and competed in Grand National Races. Eventually, she caught the eye of a major motorcycle company, who offered her a position promoting their brand. Juggling that offer with a new job back home, Wendy was poised for an exhilarating future.
“Life really changes really, really fast. We never know where it’s going to take us. I had just started a new job. I’d been there for a little over a week, probably,” Wendy recalled.
“But then my car accident happened.”
On her first weekend away from the office, Wendy and a friend took a trip to the lake near their homes in Keller. On their way back, the car’s motor mount broke, causing the throttle to stick open and leading directly to a wreck that killed her friend and nearly paralyzed Wendy.
“I had to learn how to do things over again. How to feed myself again. How to brush my hair, how to brush my teeth; even the smallest things that we don’t think about,” she said, “You learn how to do what you can do… and that’s the most important part, is just not giving up. Because God’s got great plans; I know He does. I just don’t know what they are yet. And that makes life a little more exciting!”
Wendy and her family have lived in the same house for almost a decade. They chose it because of its wheelchair-friendly structure, but they have struggled to maintain it because her husband works long hours away from home. Eventually, the yard reached past its borders and the eves of the home threatened to rot. Wendy needed help, and she got it from 6 Stones through the Community Powered Revitalization (CPR) program.
Through CPR, community partners from every sector helped 6 Stones to repair 38 homes – including Wendy’s — during a two-day blitz that united almost 4,000 people from around North Texas last October. They came from churches and businesses, non-profits and schools. They came from private clubs and city governments. Their work touched lives.
“I felt love,” Wendy said of the event. “I felt like I was cared about; that people cared enough to dedicate their time off to come and help.”