Now Mother Teresa decided thatit was time for her to have a placeof her own where she could starther work and no longer impose onthe Little Sisters of the Poor. ButMother Teresa’s first efforts to findaffordable housing met with littlesuccess. Father VanExem finally stepped in. He spoke to a memberof a Bengali Catholic family, AlbertGomes, who, along with his brothers,owned a sizeable property at 14,Creek Lane in East Calcutta. Onebrother, Michael Gomes, lived inthe house with his family. Finally anagreement was reached in whichMother Teresa would move into aroom on the second floor. She wouldpay no rent. The home’s locationwas later described by MotherTeresa as “rich in its poverty.”InFebruary 1949, she moved into hernew quarters, bringing with her onlya small suitcase.Mother Teresa now had somehelpers who accompanied her sothat she would not be alone in theslums. Charur Ma, a widow who wasthe cook at St. Mary’s at Entally, often went with her on shopping trips. Mable Gomes, the younger daughter of the family with whomshe boarded, also went with MotherTeresa on occasions. Even MichaelGomes, when he had time, went withMother Teresa to chemists’ shops,similar to American pharmacies,to ask for donations of medicalsupplies. She was even joined bysome of her former students who came to visit her. Seeing her in hersari, some burst into tears. But allwere glad to see her and to offerwhat help they could.On one occasion, when Michael accompanied Mother Teresa on a rainyday watching from the train window,they saw a man, completely drenched,slumped under a tree. The two hurriedto finish collecting medicines and went back with the hopes of helpingthe man. However, when they reached him, he was already dead. As Gomeslater recounted, Mother Teresa wasin anguish over the incident, andthe fact that many other poor andgravely ill men and women, like theunknown man, might have wanted tosay something to someone, to havesome comfort in their final hours.