Burden of rebuilding home puts strain on Mid-Valley family

The front lawn of Fatima Vento’s Mid-Valley home is strewn with bits of debris.

Chunks of plywood, scraps of linoleum tile and shards of glass mingled with sun-beaten VHS tapes and the metal poles of a derelict TV antenna are scattered about the lawn.

The detritus surrounds the footings of a trailer home that was, until recently, part of her family’s living space.

The trailer had begun to tilt over; due to that and its dilapidated state, Fatima made the decision to tear down the trailer and open up the space with the help of her children, of which she has five.