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Irving Young's Mama Mia

New sympathy for those struggling

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April 02, 2013 | 02:07 PM
Dear W.C.,

I often wondered how people could become homeless or dependent on social services. Now I know firsthand how easily it can happen.

The apartment I was living in caught fire. I lost all my belongings and did not have renters insurance.

Then I came down with pneumonia, I think it was brought on by the smoke from the fire as I was home but not injured other than smoke inhalation.

I was in the hospital for almost a week and my health insurance only has minimal coverage.

Then to top it all off my car broke down. It was a chain of events that brought me to my knees and gave me new sympathy for people struggling to survive. I have a young son that stayed with friends during my hospitalization. They offered for me to stay at their apartment too but it is a small two bedroom and they have two children of their own. I could not afford a motel.

I work as a waitress so being unable to work means no tips or income. If God wanted me to find sympathy for those in need he certainly has given me a lesson in humility. I can now attest to the fact how events out of your control can change your life in an instant.

Humbly asking for help

Dear readers,

Many of the fellow Americans that come to The Time Is Now to Help for assistance never dreamed they would be put in the position of asking for help. It is a very humbling experience for them. To have been able to proudly provide for your family and within a short time lose everything, can be devastating.

Whether it be due to job loss, illness, natural disaster, loss of a loved one or many other things, can all contribute to the need for our emergency assistance.

This mother was very distressed to even ask us for help. She kept apologizing over and over to me when I contacted her. I reassured her each time that this is what The Time Is Now to Help does.

We investigate for genuine need, advise and help to remove the pains of poverty. I would be joyous if there was not a need for our organization, but over the last 24 years we continue to help our fellow creations in desperate need.

I confirmed the fire and the total loss of all belongings. I found out the mother was living in her car. I met her in the commercial parking lot she was currently staying in. She had been sleeping in her car at the apartment complex until management found out and asked her to leave.

Every night she would get inside, lock the doors and cry herself to sleep. She was very unhappy to be separated from her son but knew he was safer living with her friends.

She was trying to return to work so she could save enough for a new apartment. She still had utility bills overdue, medical bills, and she paid for only a partial car repair with the only money she had left in her checking account.

I set her up in a local motel we often use for emergency housing. I gave her gift cards for food and toiletries. The mother said she was ashamed as she had not been able to shower and did not have any clean clothing as all was lost in the fire. I sent the woman to Chris Ann's Resale shop to get all the clothing, shoes, coats, and any other items she needed for herself and her son.

The woman cried as she told me how she had been unsympathetic to homeless people in the past, thinking they were lazy or uneducated. She said she worked hard to care for herself and her son, without any help.

She thought everyone should be capable of the hard work she was able to do, not ever taking into account physical or mental disabilities, age, illness or disaster. Now she had a complete change of heart. She was determined to help those that were less fortunate when she was back on her own feet.

The woman said, "I only thought about myself and my son before. I can't believe how quickly these things happened to us to change our whole world." And that is often how it happens to those that turn to us for our caring and sharing assistance.

We provided housing at the motel for two weeks until she found an affordable apartment for her and her son. We helped with first month's rent and security deposit. We paid her outstanding utility bill to enable her to open a new utility account. Her car was properly repaired to provide reliable service.

When the mother and son moved into their new apartment we surprised them with donated furniture and household necessities from Chris Ann's. It was a whole fresh start for them and they both cried tears of joy. The mother never told her son about the new apartment until we walked in the door. The mother never could accept what we do for God's creations.

When we opened the door and she heard the words, "This is your new home." She looked around, eyes wide as they filled with tears. She knelt down and hugged her son, telling him, "This is our new home."

The boy heard her words and excitedly asked, "Mom, this is our home? Can we live together again?" The mother, through her flowing tears said, "Yes, this is our home." The boy started to cry, hugging his mother back saying, "I missed you mom." Children of all ages are affected by the stress of poverty and loss.

My dear friends thanks to all of "you" we remove the fears and pains of poverty, putting lives back together. Thanks to all of you on Easter Sunday we helped nine people. I especially love helping on holidays. When those that are forgotten least expect any help. I was a little late for Easter dinner but all my loved ones, including all of you, understand. Because when you are doing God's work The Time Is Now.

Our help is desperately needed for those suffering in the pains of poverty. I thank all of "you" for caring and sharing. Together we will continue our good works of compassion for our fellow creations. While some say the economy is improving there is still a long recovery for our fellow Americans. Together we will continue to remove the pains and suffering of poverty as we did for this mother and young boy.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,


Please help:

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 how your donation provided assistance for the poverty stricken.

A Very Special Thank You:

The Summertime Foundation, The Rhoades Foundation, Melita Grunow, The Petco Foundation, Lake Geneva Petco, Kunes' Country Auto Group, ITW Foundation, Katie Alder, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Craig and Ruthann McCue, Margarie Egger, Joan Marabito Rietz, Mary Ann Henning, Joseph and Barbara Moos, John and Violet Hotzfeld, Susan Koenen Russella, Peterson Drywall, Randall and Margaret Smith, Louise and Clifford Morris, Sidney Johnson, Anna Cygan, Milton and Carol Ann Ancevic, Robert Dooley, 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.


Ronald and Patricia Sarna in loving memory of Mrs. Dorothy Zorich. Robert Jacobsen in memory of his good friend Daniel D. Sargent.

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 please call (262) 348-9088. They are located at 406 Highway. 120 North, Lake Geneva, in the old Floor Store building across from the Shell gas station and Next Door Pub. Look for the American flags.

We desperately need cars:

Please donate a used car to help our fellow Americans get to work and other daily necessities.

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