Fire victim cries out for help
Almost a month after fire robbed her and her six children of their home, Tamesha Griffith is still in need of not only a house but peace of mind.
She is appealing to authorities to assist her in getting both, alleging that she continues to have certain issues with her former boyfriend.
Griffith lost everything in the blaze at her Venture, St John home in the wee hours of August 4. She recalled that she awoke after “feeling really hot” from flames in the back of the house. Griffith and her children, ages two to 16, managed to escape, but all their belongings were destroyed.
Since then, she has been living with her cousin. While she is grateful to her cousin for opening her doors to her family, Griffith said a dozen people are sharing the three-bedroom house and her most pressing need is a home of her own.
But not just any house. She said she needs a safe place to rest her head so she no longer has to fear her former boyfriend.
“I have tried to get the authorities involved – I have gone to the police, I have filed a report, I even tried to get a restraining order – but they said that because we weren’t living together I couldn’t get one.”
Griffith and her children were moved into a safe house two years ago. She stayed there for three months.
“When I moved from the safe house I went to the Orleans but I had to move, because it wasn’t a good environment for the children; there was too much violence. So we moved to Venture in St John and now we have lost everything,” she lamented.
The mother of six made her plea as she received school supplies and food vouchers from Dwayne Grazette of the Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust and Jacqui Cuke, project manager at the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust.
“We saw that she was having difficulties getting the school stuff, so I got on the phone and called Jacqui from the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust and discussed it with her and I started to do the evaluation to determine what we can do,” Grazette said. “I approached Jacqui and COB [City of Bridgetown] Credit Union and they both came on board.’
Cuke was glad to see how everyone rallied to help the family.
“It’s a terrible situation and we at Sandy Lane Charitable Trust are just trying to help and assist however we can, so that mom can get back on her feet,” she said.
Griffith said she was extremely thankful for the donations, especially the bags, shoes, uniforms and stationery which her children would need when the new school year starts on September 12.
“It could have ended very differently that night [of the fire], so I am glad for life and the lives of my children. I know it will take one day at a time but right now I am truly blessed and thankful to everyone,” she said.