On February 28, 2021, Jeremias “Mias” Williams appeared on American Idol. He didn’t win a Golden Ticket but he won the hearts of millions of Americans. Lionel Richie said “Not yet . . . but I want to see you back!”
One month later, in the early hours of March 31, the parents of Mias, Eunice and Margie Williams, lost their home to a devastating fire – they are safe but there is nothing left but rubble and ruins of the less than modest house that Mias called home.
Mias has not asked for a GoFundMe page to be started. We, some of the many friends of Mias, have started it because of the inspiration that Mias provides – we are friends from his fire station, friends from Apopka High School and just friends. We don’t know the best plan for Mias’ parents but we do know that it will take many dollars, whatever the plan. And it is difficult to choose between options until it is known how much money is available. Mias’ parents have extremely limited income – only a few hundred dollars a month from Social Security.
You may ask, “Didn’t they have insurance?” The short answer is, “No!” Have you ever tried to get insurance on an 80 year old frame house that is valued by the property appraiser at less than $10,000?! So, “No, there are no insurance funds available and that’s why we are willing to initiate this project.” There are a few options: Rebuild on the property – buy an existing manufactured home on a rented lot- or, simply try to find housing to rent on limited income. And in the meantime they are living with their daughter in a crowded apartment and temporary housing needs to be found. But Mias’ family simply “want to go home.” But the lot needs to be clear of the fire debris to avoid code enforcement fines.
We don’t know the best option at this time. But we do know that Mias’ parents have lost everything and we want to help. We believe that a fund of $40,000 or more will provide resources to help the Williams plan for their future. A “Jeremias Williams Family Trust” has been established and the fund will be managed by Mias and two other individuals who will evaluate the way the funds can be best used.
You have heard the story of the old man taking his daily walk along the beach when he spotted a young boy throwing stranded star fish in the ocean to keep them from dying. After telling the boy “there are millions of stranded starfish – you’ll never make a difference” the young boy replied “Well, I just made a difference for that one!” and continued his work.
You can help make a difference for Mias and his family by making a donation today! Thanks.