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At 91 years old, Gloria was no stranger to life’s challenges. As a widow living independently, she had weathered many storms on her own. But when she wasn’t feeling quite right one day, she made the brave decision to drive herself to the hospital—a decision that would change the course of her journey.

Diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Gloria faced an uncertain prognosis. Doctors discussed hospice care, but Gloria, with her remarkable resilience, remained unfazed. Having navigated adversity throughout her life as a Jewish woman, she turned to art as a means of processing emotions and combating discrimination. Her journey led her to become a civil rights activist, embodying courage and determination in the face of injustice.

With her health declining, Gloria’s son Corey made the selfless decision to move to Wilmington to care for her full-time. However, Gloria’s home lacked accessibility, presenting a significant challenge. Desperate for assistance, Corey reached out to the New Hanover Senior Resource Center, who connected him with WARM NC.

On a poignant day, as Corey and Gloria shared a prayer on Yom Kippur, a knock on the door heralded the arrival of WARM NC, ready to measure the home for a much-needed ramp. This serendipitous moment marked the beginning of a renewed sense of hope and possibility for Gloria and Corey.

Four years later, Gloria continues to defy the odds, embracing life with her son in their accessible home. Corey expresses profound gratitude to WARM NC for their invaluable support, acknowledging the role they played in extending his mother’s life.

As WARM NC prepares for their upcoming gala, “Home Sweet Home,” the community is invited to join in the celebration of resilience and renewal. Set for Friday, June 14th at the Terraces on Sir Tyler, the gala promises an evening of camaraderie, entertainment, and fundraising for a worthy cause.

Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing, accompanied by live music from ReSoul. The highlight of the evening will be the silent and live auctions, offering opportunities to support WARM NC’s mission of providing accessibility and assistance to those in need.

For businesses looking to make a difference, sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact suzannejalot@warmnc.org or call 910.399.7563 x115 to learn more about how you can support WARM NC and make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals like Gloria.

Join us as we celebrate resilience, advocacy, and the transformative power of community at the Home Sweet Home: WARM NC Gala. Tickets are on sale now—don’t miss out on an unforgettable evening for a great cause!

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