Struck By Lightning, Homeless Brothers Getting Help

Foreclosure, and then lightning, plagued the Janske brothers. But things are looking up.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 12:25 PM PDT
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Help for Homeless Brothers Struck by Lightning

The Janske brothers of Oakland are getting help following a string of misfortune that began when they lost their Oakland home.

Things are looking up for Alfred and George Janske. After losing their home to foreclosure, going homeless, and being struck by lightning while camping on Mount Diablo -- how could they not?

Turns out folks, in the Bay Area have a heart. The brothers, 59 and 57 years old, are in a low-rent Richmond motel now following the contribution of $10,570 from 130 donors, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The brothers used to live in Glenview in Oakland, the newspaper reported. They will enter a vacant property in East Oakland to be its caretakers, and residents, under a deal worked out with a real estate agent, the newspaper reported.

The pair were struck by lightning on April 12, when they and their three dogs were camping on Mt. Diablo. They were not seriously injured, but were left with holes in their tent and numbness in their bodies.

Alfried Janske is looking for work as an accountant. George Janske is developmentally-disabled, the newspaper reported.

Interested in helping? Then come out to the Pacific Coast Brewery at 906 Washington Street in Oakland from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. A portion of sales will go towards the brothers' plight.
 

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