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A local business owner is facing foreclosure but for her, she'll be losing more than her business. She also lives on the property. A local business owner is facing foreclosure but for her, she'll be losing more than her business. She also lives on the property.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A local business owner is facing foreclosure, but for her, she'll be losing more than her business. She also lives on the property.

Shele Lutz has had Shele’s Bargain Barn for seven years, and recalls how she’s helped people in need at her store.

“He was going to Montana, but I mean in the middle of winter and didn't have clothes so I got some boots for him, some socks, some long johns, just everything that he needed because he didn't have any money,” she says. “I just told him was when you go to Montana and you make success, pay it back.”

But now, the store, which her home is attached to, is in default, and she's in poor health.

Members of the community are trying to help her save it. “Everyone has a story,” says Carla Klauder. “And her story is long and it's tragic, but she's a good person.”

They’re liquidating items in the store to get $25,000 by September. Carla Klauder and her friends are buying the building and planning to give Shele the life estate deed so she can live out her days rent-free.

"It'd be good to have her in a cool place that she knows,” Klauder says. “It's her home. When you walk in there, it's her home.”

Shele says she is grateful for Carla's help. "My theory is what comes around goes around and that's all I can say.”

Carla hopes the community continues the positivity. “You never know what good can come out of one nice thing.”

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