Alafia River Seniors Seek Live-In Couple For Day-to-Day Help

By Alicia Squillante

Just off Bell Shoals Rd. near FishHawk resides a little slice of heaven beside the Alafia River, complete with shady oak trees, pasture-land and a little dog named Doodle that anxiously awaits rides in an electric golf cart. Here is where Red and Nell Glass call home, and it is also here that they have a clean, comfortable mobile home for rent.

They are currently seeking a tenant, perhaps a married couple, for the home that will also help them with day-to-day tasks such as cooking breakfast and dinner, helping with laundry, keeping their own home tidy, grocery shopping and other miscellaneous odds and ends things. In return for the help, Red will be renting the mobile home for $500 per month plus electricity. The previously mentioned golf cart will be available to go between homes as the mobile home and Red’s home are roughly an eighth of a mile apart on the same property. The property itself is gated for added security. The mobile home is a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a large, well-lit kitchen, a small patio and a garden tub in the Master Bathroom. Just yards from the mobile home is a bend in the Alafia River, and just along the opposite bank, carved deep into the old mud, are the original wagon tracks from when the area was first settled.

In addition to looking for a couple to rent the mobile home, Red and Nell are looking to pay for the daily help for housekeeping up to 2-4 hours per day.

“Compensation will be $10 per hour for any work or time involved,” said Red.

There is a complete woodworking shop on the grounds with all the tools you could possibly need. Ideally, Red and Nell would like an older couple with good character to share their property and help them with their daily tasks. Red enjoys fishing and would love help loading and unloading his fishing boat, as well as help in handling the boat when fishing. Nell thoroughly enjoys sewing and would love someone she could share her hobby with.

Red and Nell have lived in the area since 1970, when they moved here from Houston, TX. They have six children, 14 grandchildren and just as many great grandchildren. In July, they will have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Red and his family have been productive members of the community for many years. Red was a Merchant Marine in World War II and they settled in the area in the early 1970s. They bought what is now Brandon Rental Centers, which now serves both Seffner and Riverview and is still family-owned and run by Red’s son.

If you are interested in helping out Red and Nell with their everyday chores in exchange for a home to rent, please call 685-1147. You must agree to a background check and will be asked to do an interview when you see the facilities.