June 14, 2012This column marks our ninth year of sharing our charitable works through our newspaper column The Time Is Now to Help.
We have shared with you 469 letters of assistance, showing how we changed the tears of pain and fear into tears of joy and gratitude.
We have shared the private and sometimes brutally honest lives of our fellow Americans struggling to survive.
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A deserving family in needJanuary 20, 2011Dear W.C.,
I know a family that is having a very hard time. I know they are late on their rent. They have two young children. The father lost his job last summer. The mother was hit by a hit-and-run driver and was left handicapped. They do not receive enough assistance from disability and unemployment. Due to all the medical bills and threats from the bill collectors they have been left broke. I have known this family for many years and know they are good people.
They have always lived frugally and have a devout belief in God. They do not have gas for their car. I have offered to drive them on several occasions but they have declined. I think they are too embarrassed to accept any help. They have even declined my requests to visit due to their embarrassment of not being able to afford heat. I do not know how they are feeding everyone and keeping a roof over their heads. Please help this deserving family.
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Boy’s disorder, injury too muchJune 07, 2012Dear W.C.,The last few years have been extremely difficult. First my son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. He is 12-years-old years old and has been having symptoms for two years that no one could diagnose. We finally got the right diagnosis after being in and out of the hospital many times. We just adapted to the changes in our life from his disorder, then I got injured. I was helping my elderly mother with repairs around her house and injured my back when I fell off a ladder.
Where did CNN donations go?May 31, 2012We have had many people ask if the CNN Heroes donation was received and if so how it was spent to help our fellow creations. We decided to answer that question for you with this week’s column. Thank you again to Turner Broadcasting and the CNN Heroes program for their generous donation and recognition to all of us and The Time Is Now to Help. It has been nearly a year since we first received the phone call that CNN was interested in coming to Wisconsin to interview Sal. They made The Time Is Now to Help, and our philosophy of caring and sharing for our fellow Americans known to people throughout the world. CNN’s recognition, investigation, and verification that our charity actually did help thousands of people over the years was a huge inspiration to network others to get involved. Together we ease the pains of the poverty stricken.THIS IS HOW WE HELPED:RENT = $19,025
Can’t turn back the clockMay 24, 2012Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for my three children and myself. At the present time we are living in a motel, but will soon be living out of my car if I can’t pay the rent on our motel room. The problems started a year ago when I came to live in the area from out of state to help care for my dying sister. Her husband pleaded with me to come care for her part time with the promise that I could live in their home with my children. I gave up my job and apartment to move here.
Golden Years a nightmareMay 17, 2012Dear W.C.,My husband and I should be retired, but will never be able to afford to. We need to work in order to pay our bills and health care. A few months ago my 73-year old husband had a stroke and will be in need of several more months of medical care and rehabilitation. He was working part-time and looking for a full-time job when this happened. I work part-time and wish I could do more, but I have a heart condition that prevents me from working long hours, and who would care for my husband while I am at work? We are really in a bad position financially as we have used our small savings to pay for my husband’s medical bills. We owe on our utilities and are in fear of disconnection. Scared Seniors
Where the donations came from and wentMay 10, 2012From time to time Time is Now reports on where the donations went and some of the major grants its received. Here is the most recent report:The Montei Foundation $20,000 Matching Grant = $40,000 in Poverty Assistance“Thank You” to everyone that participated in The Montei Foundation $20,000 Matching Grant. We are very grateful to The Montei Foundation and our wonderful supporters for providing $40,000 in poverty assistance. These funds were put to use immediately to alleviate the pain and suffering of the many working poor, children, senior citizens, and handicapped turning to us for assistance. The following shows how every penny of the matching grant was spent to provide shelter assistance/rent, utility assistance, auto repairs, gas, food, toiletries, household necessities, and beds. Thank you for caring and sharing for your fellow Americans.
Woman care for handicapped sonMay 03, 2012Dear W.C.,I am writing to see if you can help my friend. She cares for her handicapped son fulltime. Last month I noticed they did not have enough food and brought over some when I could. I am a single mother feeding three children myself so this is not something I can do for them on a regular basis. I would gladly do this for them if I could afford to. I noticed my friend always feeds her son before she will even touch any of the food that I bring over. Her small apartment is always cold and they are both wrapped in blankets most of the time. She keeps all the lights off. I know from reading your column that these are all signs that my friend is having trouble keeping up. Could you please check on them?
The voices of those who have been helpedApril 26, 2012Dear Readers, I would like to share with you some of the many thank you notes we have received in the past weeks. So many are grateful for our helping hand and I felt you should all know what our assistance means to those struggling in poverty. I thank you from the bottom of my heart daily, but thought you would also like to hear directly from the fellow Americans we have helped to ease the pains of poverty for.
Woman behind in bills gets eviction noticeApril 19, 2012Thanks to all your generous support we have met The Montei Foundation $20,000 Matching Grant. What a wonderful group of donors we have been gifted with. You are all a blessing to our many good works. You have fed, clothed, and housed so many of our poverty stricken fellow Americans. In the near future we will share with you how every penny of this matching grant was distributed to our fellow creations in need. Thank you to The Montei Foundation for this wonderful opportunity, and to you for your gifts that met this matching grant. God bless all of you. Dear W.C.,
Woman in need feels she’s burdening parentsApril 12, 2012Dear W.C.,I am a young woman that has been diagnosed with cancer. I was working and living on my own until this diagnosis. I have had to stop working due to my harsh cancer treatment. I sold most my belongings and moved back home with my parents. I am very worried because my parents are having such a hard time both financially and emotionally with me moving back home. They don’t like to share with me what is going on financially but I know they are struggling. My father was laid off a year ago from the job he worked at for 30 years. My mother has always worked part time in retail. They do not have enough income to support themselves since their savings ran out. Could you please help them so I do not feel like such a burden to them?
Man in need reluctant to take helpApril 05, 2012Dear W.C.,I am writing to see if you would be able to check on my neighbor. He is an elderly man that I have a feeling really needs your help. I have tried to ask him how he is doing several times since his wife passed away two years ago, but he will not admit to me he is having a hard time. I can see he has lost weight and I noticed his lights are off all the time. I have not even heard the television on for the last few months. I brought a plate of food to his door yesterday in hopes he would ask for help. At first he refused the food but I told him I would not leave unless he took the plate. He finally took the plate and shut the door right away. In just those few minutes I could feel the chill coming from his apartment and see it was very dark inside. Please see if this man needs your help.A concerned neighbor