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Owners try to save historic home from demolition

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 22 2013 05:11:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 22 2013 07:01:10 PM CDT

Owners try to save historic Snydersville home from demolition

SNYDERSVILLE, Pa. -

The founder of a nonprofit hopes to soon have a new place to run her organization.

"This is my dream house, it has everything," said Charlene Blacer as she looked at a historic house is Snydersville, Monroe County. "I restore hair, I can restore this."

Blacer and others will soon know the fate of the 233-year-old house and the property on which it sits, which includes a schoolhouse and church. It's located on Business Route 209 .

Blacer founded HelpMe2Stop.org, which helps people who suffer from a compulsive hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania.

"It is estimated one to two out of 50 people suffer from trichotillomania, hair pulling disorder, and in the U.S. about 10 to 15 million," said Blacer. "They're very secretive about it so somebody you know has it."

People travel from all over the U.S. and world to work with Blacer and currently stay in hotels when they visit. She would like a new place to work with the people she serves.

"I'm just here to restore their image and their confidence, get their life back on track," she said.

The historic house Blacer is eyeing sold at auction in August. Blacer was not the highest bidder. She said the buyer may have plans to demolish it and build something commercial, but she and other people from the community are hoping to save the property and so her nonprofit can use it.

Wednesday is the deadline for them to come up with $260,000 to get the property from the buyer. They have been reaching out to the community for assistance. It was unclear as of Tuesday night how much money the supporters had received.

Blacer would like the people she serves to be able to stay on the property with her and use facilities like the schoolhouse she would transform into a salon and the church as a place to meet and talk with each other.

"It would be nice to follow in the footsteps of what this property used to do, which was community service centuries ago," said Blacer.

If you would like to learn more or contribute to the effort, email Blacer at charlene@helpme2stop.org or call her at 570-350-1113.