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Fundraising effort tries to keep special needs man in only home he's ever known

Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 04:42:31-05

WATERFORD, Mich. (WXYZ) — A young man with special needs lost his mom earlier this year. Now, the community in Waterford is rallying together to help him keep the only home he’s known.

It is more than a just a home for Corey Elwell. It is a memory of his late mother.

“I love my house because me and my mom had been there for 20 years. It’s the house I had grown up in.”

But he almost lost his home after his mom, Joanne, died in March. We’re told, Corey’s extended family tried to claim the house for themselves but with the help of his guardian, Amy DeLoye, and others, he was able to keep it.

Amy knew Corey and Joanne for years.

“She loved Corey more than anything in this world,” Amy said.

Amy, who works with people who have special needs, said Joanne and Corey were well known in the community.

“He can walk into any establishment and ‘oh hey Corey’ ‘oh hey Joanne.” They we’re always out and about.”

Now that Corey is staying in the house, it was determined the home has mold, it needs gutters and other issues have to be fixed.

When Kennedy’s Irish Pub heard about the issues, they decided to host a fundraiser Tuesday night.

Amy said, “They are just great people you know and they love this community.”

“A lot of people are coming,” Corey explained. “It feels awesome.”

Amy says with the right support Corey will flourish within these four walls.

“He wants to be at home,” she explained. “We are going to try everything we can to make it happen.”

To make a donation, you can send it through PayPal & Zelle at

You can also donate to an account set up for Corey at:

Flagstar Bank
5105 Highland Rd
Waterford, MI 48327