Acts of Kindness
Cop helps furnish woman’s new home after finding out she lived in car for months
Rachel explained to the officer that she'd been down on her luck, and had spent 3 months living in her car with her dogs. That conversation ended up changing her life.
Irene Markianou
03.14.22

Has it ever happened to you where you go to work, and feel you’ve just ruined everything and you’re about to get fired? Now, have you ever considered where you would end up if you actually were?

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In some cases, it’s easy. People find a new job and they just keep going with their lives as if nothing ever happened.

But, sometimes, the impact a dismissal can have on someone’s life is tremendous.

For Rachel Dunlap, losing her job affected her in ways she could never have imagined.

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She found herself in such a difficult situation financially that she couldn’t stand on her feet on her own. She was in desperate need of help.

When Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Jennifer Parker responded to a routine call one day, she met Parker by chance. They chatted for a while, and at some point, Parker asked where Dunlap lived. She certainly didn’t expect her response.

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Dunlap explained that she had been living in her car for three months, along with her two dogs and all of their stuff.

Since Dunlap had lost her job, she hadn’t been able to find her feet again, so she had really been struggling.

The officer was shocked, especially when the woman told her that a new home that had blood from the crime scene and bullet holes looked “perfect” to her.

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YouTube - KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

“When she said it was perfect, it just struck me. I was thinking to myself, what could be going on in her life that the house was perfect,” Parker told KTNV.

At that point, Parker knew that she had to help that woman. She just had to figure out how.

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YouTube - KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

The officer left, but she just couldn’t get the woman’s situation out of her mind. She was trying to find a way to help her. And she was determined to do so.

The next day, she showed up at her job with a statement.

“She told me she didn’t want to overstep but by the time I moved in, she said the whole place would be furnished for me,” Dunlap said.

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YouTube - KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

Dunlap didn’t know what to say. But the help, of course, was more than welcome at that point.

How did the officer do it? She raised money for the furniture thanks to friends and family that were also touched by the stranger’s story.

So, after a while, the house was ready to move in, featuring everything a proper house needs.

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YouTube - KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

Dunlap was really surprised and extremely grateful for what the officer did for her.

“Everything that I would ever possibly need to move into a place, she brought me. I got couches, pots, pans, towels, everything,” Dunlap told KTNV.

As for why she did it?

“I feel like at any point in time we can have a bad day or a bad week at work and we can end up in the same position,” Parker said.

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The woman couldn’t be happier, and she’s thanking the officer with the heart of gold who selflessly gave her a helping hand in the most challenging time of her life.

“It’s like the best thing that’s ever happened to me in I don’t know how long. I’m totally grateful for it,” Dunlap said.

Watch the women recount the heartwarming story in the video below!

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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