ASHTABULA — Today, Ouida King is giving thanks for her landlord, Trudy Severino. 

In October, King and her family traveled from Greensboro, N.C. to her hometown of Ashtabula.

The family stayed in a motel on Austinburg Road, while she looked for housing. King’s staffing business went under while she battled COVID-19.

“We did not bring furniture so our needs were very specific,” she said. “I was receiving treatment with Signature Health for counseling after having COVID-19.”

When the family ran out of money, they prayed for God to open a door.

“On the next Sunday morning, I picked up the Star Beacon to read at breakfast. I looked in the ‘housing for rent’ area,” she said. “There was a house for rent for six months, fully furnished, and I thought, ‘Wow! Just what we were praying for.’”

King called the number and spoke to “the sweet angel that was on the other end [Severino],” she said. “We came to the house and to my astonishment it was completely furnished with everything we needed to start over with no money.”

After checking references, Severino called and offered the Kings the house.

“She poured her heart out and I trusted her,” Severino said. “I felt it was the right thing to do.”

Come to find out, Severino has opened her house to many people from all walks of life. 

“Kindness and generosity is what I remember about growing up in Ashtabula,” King said. “My life now is so much better. Trudy has been my thankfulness every morning I wake up. I am truly grateful to her kindness, and support during this time of transition.” 


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