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They lived in their car

Homeless woman anxious to work

October 02, 2012 | 04:48 PM
Dear W.C.,

I lost my job at a cleaning company four months ago due to people not having enough money to pay for a cleaning service any longer.

The business I had worked for over 15 years closed its doors. Myself, and five other people were left without jobs. I was never able to have children. My husband died right before I began working for the cleaning company. I have been on my own for many years.

I took in my 17-year-old niece last year when she shared with me her struggles with her parents, my brother and sister-in-law, abuse and alcoholism. I have been working hard to provide for both of us.

Several months after I lost my job we were evicted. It is very scary being homeless and living out of my car.

We never get a good night's sleep, being two women alone in a car. It is very unsettling knowing you are poor, living with constant struggles, with no home, or place to rest and pray in peace. One of my old coworkers from the cleaning company has gotten a job managing rental properties and has been letting us stay in homes that are not rented. The owner said it is temporary. I feel terrible putting them in this position but I know I must have a safe place for my niece to sleep, shower and do her homework.

I have just found out I have a new full-time cleaning job and I am looking forward to beginning work again. I also have an opportunity to rent one of the rentals at half rent in exchange for cleaning rental properties for them. The owner is a real nice person. I would love this arrangement and feel it is our only way out of homelessness.

There are numerous properties. Some are close and some are miles apart. I was told the job is mine if I am reliable. I am reliable but my old car is not. I know right now jobs are hard to find. I am a hard worker. I have a chance to provide for my niece and I. The fear of homelessness will always inspire me to work hard. Could you please help us?

Homeless Aunt and Niece

Dear readers,

This woman and her niece would have been living on the streets if it wasn't for her caring friend and a heartfelt property owner. I could see this woman had a plan to end their homelessness, all they needed was some help from The Time Is Now to Help.

I spoke with the friend that helped, the new employer, the property owner, and did some looking into the story of how the niece came to be living with the Aunt. Everyone had nothing but kind words to say about the woman and the terrible life the niece had been living before moving in with the Aunt.

When I went to meet the aunt and niece, I was there before them and watched as they arrived in an older car, packed with their belongings. I had grabbed some sandwiches on my way, not knowing if they would be hungry, but lately nearly every fellow creation I meet for assistance is hungry. They were not the exception. After our introductions I told them to help themselves to the food.

We talked through their meal. It was a weekend and the niece said she tried to skip breakfast on the weekends because she usually ate it at school during the week. I could see this made the aunt sad.

The aunt said, "I took her in to give her a better life. Now she is homeless and going hungry because of me."

The niece reassured her saying, "No, no Auntie. I am much better with you. I would go hungry for days with you rather than go back to living with the abuse of two drunks."

With that I spoke to the niece briefly about why she had moved out. It was sad to hear of the fast decline in her parents addictions and escalation in abuse.

The niece said she finally moved out when they began to bring their equally abusive friends home with them and she could not protect herself any longer. It was so sad to hear, but unfortunately not the first time I had heard such a heart breaking situation.

As this conversation was paining the niece we moved on to talking about their present situation. The homelessness needed to be addressed immediately. The aunt was so excited the rental they were being offered was within the school district and the niece would be able to take the bus to school. I could see her main priority was making sure her niece was first. The niece said she was working with her guidance counselor to continue her education after high school as well. The aunt was very proud of this as she said she had never finished her education and always regretted that choice in her life.

I had already spoke with the owner about the job and the available rental. The job was an extremely good arrangement provided by the owner. The aunt was excited for the extra hours in exchange for a break on half her rent. It would relieve a great deal of stress for them to finally be in their own place.

After going over their needs, we made several needed repairs on the aunt's car. They did not have beds, or many household necessities. These had been left behind at the eviction. We helped to establish them in their new rental with beds, furniture, along with grocery store gift cards, gas cards, and other necessities. I explained how The Time Is Now to Help works with all the God caring support of all of you who make our good works possible. The aunt and niece were extremely grateful to all of you and happily on their way to a new life.

Once again, together, we make our world a better place doing God's good works.

Health and happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C./Sal

Help needed

Make checks payable to: The Time Is Now to Help, P.O. Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157. The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing exactly what every penny of your donation provided for the poverty stricken.


Geneva National, Mark and Natalie Reno,Walworth Fontana Rotary Foundation, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Kunes' Country Auto Group, James and Lynne Newman Foundation, Paul Ziegler/Ziegler Charitable Foundation, Excel Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Indigo Yoga Studio, ITW Foundation, Abbott Laboratories Employee Giving, Beth Rendall, Gerald and Marilyn Wilkin, Leslie Scheurer, Clifford and Louise Morris, Robert and Patricia Davis, Taylor Luoma, Michael Glass, Clarence and Doris Hart, Donald and Mildred Carl, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring food pantries, ALL of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, and the businesses that allow our donation boxes. Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.

Chris Ann's Resale Shop: I will continue to ask Chris Ann's Resale shop for furniture and household necessities to help our poverty stricken fellow Americans. If you have anything you would like to donate to Chris's shop please call (262)348-9088. They are located at 406 Highway 120 North, Lake Geneva, WI, in the old Floor Store building across from the Shell gas station and Next Door Pub. "Look for the American Flags."

Need cars

:Please donate a used car to help our fellow American's get to work and other daily necessities.

For more information: www.timeisnowtohelp.org.


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