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GoFundMe set up to help rebuild Newberg foster care home after fire

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Larry Hailey in front of what is left of his home after a fire tore through it last Thursday morning. (KPTV) Larry Hailey in front of what is left of his home after a fire tore through it last Thursday morning. (KPTV)
NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

Friends and family of a Newberg foster care homeowner have started a GoFundMe site to help him rebuild his home.

Larry Hailey has been caring for four developmentally disabled men between the ages of 21 and 29 in this rural part of Yamhill County until last Thursday morning when a fire tore through the home.

The fire started outside in an outdoor cooking area and all the men were able to get out of the house safely. It was actually one of the developmentally disabled adults who alerted everyone to the fire.

But now these men have no place to go. For now they are in temporary homes, but Larry said they're adamant, they want to stay here, they all want to come back. 

Some of them have lived with Larry for as long as 15 years.

Larry is grateful that his "foster sons" are all safe but he wants to get them back to where they belong. He said they are like family. They are individuals with individual problems. Some suffer from lingering effects from fetal alcohol syndrome. Others have autism.

Larry once served his community as both a police officer and a sheriff's deputy. He saw how families struggle with all kinds of problems and he decided he wanted to help people on a more individual basis.

He talks fondly about the individuals who make up his foster family. 

"I mention that I have a full time pirate who lives here, so much in love with that guy. I have a guy who does civil war reenactments."

Still another resident insists on being called a general.

"They call me the old man," said Larry.

Larry is a man who likes to help and he's done so his whole adult life. He doesn't really know how to ask for help or accept it, so his friends and family members have set up a GoFundMe site to help Larry rebuild his foster care home. If you would like to help, please go to www.gofundme.com/2c2wukq4.

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