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Volunteers converting attic into bedrooms for Milan woman's nieces

Cary Ashby • Sep 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

MILAN — Vickie Morey has created a new home for her three nieces. Now, volunteers are making sure the girls will have a space to call their own.

Volunteers with Answering the Call Together, Inc. (ACT) have been converting Morey’s attic into two bedrooms. Since Aug. 5, they have been rewiring the space, putting up insulation, building walls and putting in a new floor. ACT is a Christian-based mission group.

“We’re going to be there about six weeks working on her house,” executive director Dave Wallace said. “Volunteers have come every Saturday.”

Morey’s neighbors have been feeding the volunteers.

“What a wonderful thing for us. It’s one more thing we don’t have to worry about,” said Wallace, who sees Morey raising her three nieces as “a great example of the people that ACT helps.”

Soon Morey’s house on Broad Street in Milan will expand from one bedroom to three. 

The Milan woman has been taking care of her nieces — twins Meagan and Morgan Kayser, 11, and their 14-year-old sister Hailee — since the death of their mother, Holly Kayser. The Norwalk woman passed away Dec. 29.

“She had just turned 50 Christmas Day,” Morey said about her sister. “She had multiple pulmonary embolisms that nobody knew about.”

For Morey, it was a no-brainer to raise her nieces after her sister’s death. 

“There was no decision,” she said. “I was like their other parent (anyway). … It was a natural thing.”

To honor her sister, Morey will place wall hangings of wolves and Native Americans and a curio cabinet of the figurines and statues she collected in the hallway outside her nieces’ new bedrooms.

“It is the Kayser floor. I’m going to find letters and spell out Kayser,” she said.

Morey still feels her late sister’s presence.

“Everything will be OK. Everything will work out,” she said about a phrase she has sensed from the beginning of the new family situation. “Holly guides me.”

Also, Morey said she can’t help but think her sister would be smiling about raising her daughters, but she also would find a sense of humor about it.

“She’s laughing at me,” the Milan woman said. “I get to go through driver’s ed again (and) prom. She knows her kids are safe. She knows they are loved. I couldn’t love them any more if they were my own kids,” 

Morey was asked what it means to have ACT volunteers renovate her attic for the new additions to her family.

“I cannot express my thanks and gratitude. There are not any words that will express this. I try … but I cry,” she said.

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