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April 30, 2013 | 11:27 AM
Dear W.C.,

There is a woman who was evicted from our apartment building about two months ago. I know she is in need of your help.

She is older and does not have any children living to help her. I gave her $40, all I had left to my name, so she could try to get a motel room. I am living in a one bedroom and have my own son living on my couch or I would have gladly given her the couch for now.

I was afraid I would be evicted if my landlord saw her living with me, too. She fit what belongings she could in her car. I am holding on to a few boxes of personal items for her. She is a good woman that has had a very hard life. Both her husband and two sons died years ago. I think I am her only friend. Please call her while she has a few minutes left on her phone.

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Worried neighbor and friend

Dear readers,

I called the number listed several times but she never answered. I called the friend and asked her to pass on to her friend that I was trying to contact her. She told me where I could find her so I left immediately.

Even though it was already dark out, I drove to the store parking lot and found the car as described by the friend.

I did not see anyone but walked up to the car knowing they could be lying down. I could see the friend was crouching down on the seat not wanting to be seen. I introduced myself and held up one of my Time Is Now business cards and identification.

She put on her glasses and read them through the window. I watched as she unlocked the door and stepped out to meet me. The woman looked to be in her early '60s and very thin. When she shook my hand I felt it shaking. I grasped her hand and asked why she was shaking.

She told me about how fearful she had been since her eviction. The long scary nights hiding in her car, hoping no one would find her in her car alone. The uncertainty of her future and no place to go. She started to cry and shake even more. My dear friends it is this kind of fear we do not see. It is hidden throughout the American people in this recession we are trying to lift our country out of.

I told her, "please do not cry. You will not have to spend another night in fear living in your car." I asked her to go to a restaurant across the street where we could talk. I knew she would be needing a meal.

We sat to eat and talk about what led to her homelessness.

The woman began from the beginning when her husband died two years ago, leaving her with debts and medical bills. He did not have health or life insurance, leaving her to sell all their belongings at a loss and move into the smallest, cheapest rundown apartment she could afford. She had been working part time but lost that job in early winter when she had become ill.

She said no one wanted to hire a 62-year-old woman. I asked how many hours she would like to work and she said, "As many as they will give me. I like working with people. It is much better than being home all by myself with too much time to think."

I asked her about this comment and watched her face become sad as she told me how she had lost her two sons. One had been killed in the military and the other was killed in a car accident when he was a teenager. She said she thought about them everyday. I could see why spending too much time alone would be very hard for her.

We sat at the restaurant for a long time putting together a budget and a plan for her future. The first step would be to get her in a motel room and out of her car. She admitted to having a cat in her car too. I told her how we love our companion animals at The Time Is Now to Help and would be sure where ever she moved would accept pets. She started to cry saying, "Thank you. Other than the friend who wrote to you asking to help me, my cat is the only love I have left."

I told her about all of you who make The Time Is Now to Help possible. She could not believe the network all of us have together to remove the pains of poverty. She continued to listen with awe and relief over all the compassion we have for our fellow creations.

By the time we were finished we had a plan for her including a few jobs to apply for and finding a small apartment. She moved into the motel immediately after I called for availability. We also provided her with gift cards to purchase minutes for her phone, food, toiletries and gas. She was very grateful and when she hugged me goodbye I no longer felt her shaking.

The following week she was able to secure one of the part-time jobs I told her about.

I had called the owner and she was so moved by this woman living in fear she said, "I have a job for her." We found a small apartment and provided first month's rent and security deposit. All of her left behind or sold belongings were replaced by items provided by Chris Ann's Resale Shop. We completely furnished her apartment with everything from furniture to dishes.

She cried tears of joy when she walked in the first time. I said to her, "See, your unseen friends are thinking of your well-being."

She also visited the WC Food Pantry and was found cat food thanks to the Petco Foundation and the Lake Geneva Petco supporting our pet food pantry program.

Thanks to everyone working together we were able to help this homeless senior woman begin her life again. She shared with me on my last visit how different she feels now that she is interacting with people again. She also decided to volunteer for an animal welfare organization on her days off, bringing her much joy and new friends.

I was proud of her transformation from being homeless, to a volunteer, and grateful for all of you that made it possible.

Together we do good works, as we continue to remove the pains of poverty for those in desperate need.

Together we restore hope and faith in the goodness of creation.

Health and Happiness,

God Bless Everyone,

W.C./Sal

The Summertime Foundation

God bless the Summertime Foundation for giving all of us the opportunity to help those in desperate need. Thanks to all of you, our generous donors, we have successfully matched the second Summertime Foundation $10,000 matching grant. As soon as we receive the matching funds and every penny is utilized to help those struggling in poverty, we will share with you how every penny was put to good use. We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity and love to remove the pains of poverty for our fellow creations. God bless you for helping.

Not only did the Summertime Foundation step forward a second time this year to provide incentive for fundraising, our good friends at Fox Charities have also come forward to offer a $25,000 matching grant to begin immediately.

Both of these wonderful groups have been long time supporters of The Time Is Now to Help and life saving to the many poverty stricken Americans turning to us for assistance. We are happy to announce the Spring 2013 Fox Charities $25,000 matching grant. Your donations will continue to be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

Please note we have a new mailing address:

Make checks payable to:

The Time Is Now to Help

P.O. Box 1

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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.

Thank yous

The Summertime Foundation, Fox Charities, Kunes' Country Auto Group, Mark and Natalie Reno, Paul Ziegler/Ziegler Charitable Foundation, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Dr. Thomas Schuetz, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Jay and Karen Fritz, Barbara Spiegelhoff, Briggs and Stratton Power of Giving, Joseph and Elizabeth Doyle, Kenneth and Joyce Pagel, Joanne Batzler, Margaret Cardiff, Brendan and Julie Dobbin, Sid and Patty Johnson, John and Lynda Visek, Harry and Phyllis Tiggemann, Brian and Gretchen Deitz, Holly Schneider Brown, Denise Sifuentes, B.J. Williams, Deborah Halverson, Todd Stuchiner, Yinan Wang, Craig Banyai, Edward Paredes, Aurora Health Care Employee Partnership Campaign, Gene Krauklis, Judith Mackessy, Shawna Kneipper, Heidi Hall, Mary Cucchi, Jeanne McDonald, Shannon Hahn, Rebecca Hanson, Ronald and Carolyn Bloch, 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. Honoraries: Patricia Werner in honor of her husband Steve's birthday.

Memorials:

Kathleen Rohleder-Griebel in memory of Charlotte (Graves) Rusch and Samuel L. Gonzales. James and Carolyn Miles in memory of their friend Kristy "Fud" Sather. Lyle Vorpagel in memory of his wife Anita. Donald and Lorraine Briere in memory of their parents: Helen Briere, and Matt and Daisy Graham

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 Hwy. 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."

Cars needed

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

Please visit

www.timeisnowtohelp.org.

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