Prescott homeless advocate closer to goal of buying home
Mattson ‘grateful’ to those donating to help him continue his mission
In between answering calls from folks in distress, Prescott homeless advocate Daniel Mattson on Monday morning was seeking a mortgage lender so he can buy the house he has rented for 10 years.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 100 people, Mattson and his wife, Grace, are getting closer to what they financially require so he can stay in the community where he strives to make a difference.
“We still have our fingers crossed,” said Mattson, who needs to arrange the financing by early next month.
A GoFundMe account was started on Aug. 29 to help Mattson raise the money he needs to buy the house his landlord intends to sell. So far, the campaign has raised just over $24,000, the minimum Mattson said he needs to come up with a 20 percent down payment on the $120,000 house. The goal is $40,000 — to obtain an affordable mortgage; he may need the extra money for repairs and inspection costs.
One donor, Eleanor Laumark, wrote on his page that she supports Mattson because he “walks the walk — a true selfless hero who makes Prescott everyone’s home town.”
Without the community’s assistance, the one-time mechanic feared he and his wife would be forced to leave the community where for a decade he has practiced a faith-led brand of altruism. He said he is just so “grateful” for all those who have embraced his mission.
Mattson’s clients are men and women who often fall through the cracks due to mental illness, addiction or other ailments that have left them unable to get work, find a place to live or even get the medical attention they require.
“People like Daniel are wonderful contributors to our city. He is a fine example of how one person CAN make a big difference for many others,” said donor Susan Leonard, who volunteers with Mattson at the Granite Creek Hunger Ministry.
Former Prescott resident Robert Denoyelles credits Mattson with helping him get a second chance where he is now living and working in Colorado.
Denoyelles said Mattson was always available to assist him when he was struggling with his mental health and encourages others to recognize Mattson’s value to the community.
“Daniel Mattson is an amazing man. He is like an angel sent from heaven,” Denoyelles said.
To help Mattson you can contribute to his GoFundMe account: https://www.gofundme.com/local-hero039s-home-at-risk/donate
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