A family of eight went to bed again Thursday night, without their belongings. Life has been like that over the last four months, since they move to the Metro from California.
It wasn’t the way Dawn Davidson pictured how the family’s new life would be like in their new home in Gretna. "There's a lot that we are without, we just get by a day at a time and try to make do with whatever we have, it's like we're camping or living like squatters,” Davidson said.
Davidson moved her family to Gretna in June so she could finish school to become a nurse at College of St. Mary. The family never received their belongings, which were supposed to be packed and moved in from California. They are living in an empty house.
“We're still waiting, it's October, we don't have our stuff yet and I spoke to them yesterday, they said they are still waiting for trucks,” Davidson said.
Initially, the quote for the move was $2,300 through Green Pacific Van Lines. Davidson said Green Pacific's sister company, Nationwide Top Movers, never showed up. At first, she saw that as a red flag, but was assured otherwise. Davidson signed a 30 day to delivery contract.
Then, just eight days ago, on October 3rd, while the family was still without, Davidson received a statement claiming she still owed another $1,400 due upon delivery and in cash.
“It’s been very emotional, I lost my dad and my brother and on that truck is where I have all of their memories and things,” Davidson said.
In the meantime, the family is forced to lean on one another as they live off donations from neighbors. “They brought air mattresses, pillows and towels, having the family and great neighbors [helps]," Davidson said.
BBB rates Green Pacific Van Lines an F. In the last year, seven complaints have been processed with BBB, most for delivery issues. In one instance, BBB couldn't locate the business to satisfy claim.
Green Pacific’s website is shut down.