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Elderly Waterbury Resident Loses Belongings in Fire; Caregivers Rally to His Aide


Late last month, an elderly Waterbury resident, Richard Hupprich, was the victim of a house fire in his apartment, leaving him with just the clothing on his back, and losing all personal possessions. He was brought to a local area hospital where he has remained until just this past week, when a new apartment was able to be secured for him. The Red Cross generously provided a $300 gift card to assist with provisions and his getting settled into his new home, unfortunately, it went missing and was assumed to have been stolen before it could be put to use.

Several caregivers who provide in-home assistance to Mr. Hupprich through Companions & Homemakers, a homecare agency, have rallied around him in support; checking in on Richard during their off time, and dropping of supplies such as bedding and new clothing. One of Richard’s former caregivers even stopped in to drop off new work boots after hearing of the fire on the local news and recognizing the place of residence as a former client’s home.

Through the empathy, care and concern of Richard’s caregivers, their employer, Companions & Homemakers, learned of the Mr.Hupprich’s circumstances. The company is donating over $1,000 worth of household supplies to assist Richard in getting back on his feet, and will be presenting the items to him in the coming days.


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