Meet Vera Johnson, A White Center Resource Who Is Fighting To Survive


by Margaret Ryan
www.thesavvycommunicator.com

Life has taken its licks on Vera Johnson just like it has on many people. Vera’s story is not really unusual – many deserving citizens are facing home foreclosure; in Vera’s case, it’s a loss of livelihood as well. What perhaps make her situation unique is that White Center will lose if Vera is forced out of business.

Her Village Green Perennial Nursery, located at 10223 16th SW, is something of a White Center resource. Village Green hosts events and classes, supports school fundraisers, as well as local music and art. Vera has hopes that it might be used for weddings as well, and is writing a business plan to see if she can come up with financing to turn it into a wedding venue.

In the meantime, her creditors are at the door – threatening imminent foreclosure on the home and business she has run for eight years. After the economic downturn in 2008 and a divorce, she is unable to keep her property on 26th SW solvent. She has applied to her bank for a mortgage modification, but has gotten nothing but a run-around. Now the bank is threatening to accelerate the foreclosure process.

Not one to feel sorry for herself, and always fighting for what she believe in, Vera is appealing to the public to sign a petition asking her bank to ease off. So far, over 8,000 signatures have been gathered. She has also attracted a team of 30 foreclosure victims to try to fight their creditors as a body. A lawyer with banking experience will meet with them this Sunday evening, July 31, at 5 p.m. at the Community School of West Seattle (SW Roxbury and 22nd SW) at 5pm. The meeting is open to anyone.

Vera is not a selfish person. She fights for others as well as for herself. She feels something must be inherently wrong in the banking system in this country, when turning people out of their homes and livelihoods adds to the already poor economic situation. There had been the dream and promise that mortgage modifications would be possible. She and others, whose life circumstances have turned upside down, deserve these adjustments. Sadly, very few are benefiting.

To show support for Vera and others like her, come to an “Ice Cream in the Garden” event at the nursery on August 13 at 1 p.m. Ice cream, featuring an ‘old rose’ flavor, using Vera’s petals from various antique roses, will be presented by Full Tilt ice creamery. Donations will be appreciated.

Another chance to show support is by attending a musical event, featuring blues guitarist Del Rey on August 28. The 2 p.m. event costs $10 pre-paid. No online ticket sales available, so pay at the nursery in advance or send a check, including an email address to receive the tickets.

Lastly, sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-foreclosure-2.

If you haven’t visited the nursery, come by and say hello to Vera and her two great kids (they’re home-schooled, very respectful, and pitch in around the place). Stroll through the peaceful gardens and enjoy a little respite. Vera quotes Hans Christian Anderson on her website:

‘Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower’.


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4 Responses to “Meet Vera Johnson, A White Center Resource Who Is Fighting To Survive”
  1. former neighbor says:

    I feel for her, but we as well had a similar situation happen to us. We had a home in that same nieghborhood that had been in the family since 1917, we both lost our jobs due to the economy within 2 weeks of each other and ended up losing our home to foreclosure 3 months later. They ended up dividing the property into 2 tax parcels (which we had been told by a lawyer and a realtor couldn’t be done) and building another house on. It just doesn’t seem right that they can do something like that.

  2. Come eat, drink, and rally with White Center Business Owners of Sustainable Support around WC’s own Village Green Nursery for a fun filled evening of community solidarity with live music, ice cream and freshments provided by Full Tilt Ice and more for your enjoyment.

    We will also be showing a entertaining and informative short film as well as having guest speakers addressing the housing crisis to raise foreclosure prevention awareness .

    Stick around for the super silent auction for killer local items and services. Come show your support and toast to homeowner advocacy, local businesses, and be seen wearing the night’s color of support and go GREEN!

    AFTER PARTY @ COMPANY!!!

    Sponsored by WC B.O.S.S. | White Center Business Owners of Sustainable Support

  3. Tuesday, Aug 30th 6-9pm Big Al’s Brewery 9832 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

    Come eat, drink, and rally with White Center Business Owners of Sustainable Support around WC’s own Village Green Nursery for a fun filled evening of community solidarity with live music, ice cream and freshments provided by Full Tilt Ice and more for your enjoyment.

    We will also be showing a entertaining and informative short film as well as having guest speakers addressing the housing crisis to raise foreclosure prevention awareness .

    Stick around for the super silent auction for killer local items and services. Come show your support and toast to homeowner advocacy, local businesses, and be seen wearing the night’s color of support and go GREEN!

    AFTER PARTY @ COMPANY!!!

    Sponsored by WC B.O.S.S. | White Center Business Owners of Sustainable Support

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