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Help needed: 'We are out of funds'



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October 15, 2013 | 03:43 PM
Dear readers/supporters,

With a heavy heart I write this week's column. Once again I feel the humble embarrassment those in desperate need feel when they have to come to the mercy of others for help.

I receive many phone calls, letters and emails asking for emergency assistance.

When I receive a phone call requesting help with a pending eviction of children or elderly within 24 hours it does not give much time to find a resolution.

When I get a request for utility assistance due to electricity or gas being shut off, I think of our fellow creations with their hands on the walls groping in the dark.

Many times during my investigation my heart sinks when I discover the painful truth of darkness from no electricity or when I discover the cold that has taken over due to no heat. I still remember the little handicapped girl living for weeks with no hot water, only a cold sink or cold bathtub, telling me how she would shiver, "Cold, cold, cold ..." The mother cried with great shame.

My dear friends, for those of us who can care and share, the Time Is Now to help. I'm so sorry to ask, but they are turning to us as a very last resort for help.

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There are many people waiting to receive assistance. We are out of funds for helping.

We cannot prevent their impending homelessness, prevent utility disconnection, provide transportation, food, toiletries and household necessities. At least not until we have the funds needed to continue our work.

As we receive donations they are already appropriated. We have a stack of requests awaiting funding.

It breaks my heart knowing.

Here are some of the letters we have received lately:

Dear W.C.,

First I lost my job because the factory closed down, then my husband was in a car accident. He had to take some time off work due to the physical requirements of his job. I have been cleaning houses and anything else I can to feed our family of two children. I am searching for a decent job that fits my qualifications, but there are none to be found. I have a college education and extensive job skills. A lot of good that does me now. Just last year we were counting our blessings that we had made it through the recession and still had jobs and security. What a difference a year can make. Now we can't even pay our utility bill. Can you please help us through this very stressful time?

Dear W.C.,

Can you please help my friend? She is a single mother and too proud to ask for help for herself. Her utilities and phone were disconnected last week. She has two children and her ex-husband has stopped paying his child support. He moved out of state. She just got a job but is so far behind she will never catch up with her bills. She broke down crying last night when I stopped by and dropped off some food. She confessed to me her ex had not been paying his child support for several months before he moved out of state. On top of all this her car broke down just when she started a new job. Can you please help my friend get her utilities turned on and help her with car repairs so she can keep her job?

Dear W.C.,

I just moved in to care for my father who is very ill. He has cancer and has just finished chemotherapy. We are hopeful it goes into remission. At this time he is struggling financially due to the endless medical bills and loss of his part-time job. He was retired but needed to work to get by. My mother passed away years ago and I am an only child. It is just the two of us. He is behind in his utilities and car payments. I do work and pay the rent and whatever else I can. I have sold my older car and some belongings to help pay for some of our expenses. At this time I have nothing else to sell. Can you help my dad and I pay the utilities and bring his car payment up to date so we don't lose our only source of transportation?

Dear W.C.,

Can you please check on my elderly neighbor? She is in her 80s and living in the dark with no electricity. I wish I could help but I am also just getting by. I am a senior citizen as well. These are just a few of the letters waiting for an answer from The Time Is Now to Help. It is very hard for me to say, "No, I can't help you at this time." when I know the stress and pains of poverty they are enduring.

My heart breaks knowing we are here to help our fellow creations suffering in the pains of poverty.

A big thank you to the Badger High School students and staff, we were able to provide a car repair last week for a working single mother and help a senior citizen see a dentist due to a terrible infection in a tooth that could have become life threatening if not treated. We are very grateful for their continued support and commitment to their community.

The students' energy and school spirit were evident when I thanked the student body at their homecoming pep assembly last week. Thank you, God bless all of you for helping.

My dear friends, please help.

Every dollar you donate will be matched by another, through the Richard Dreihaus $30,000 Matching Grant, doubling your help to our fellow creations in desperate need.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,

W.C./Sal

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 you

James and Lynne Newman Foundation, Whiting Law Group, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Pentair Foundation, Kunes' Country Chevrolet-Cadillac, Fox Charities, Paul Ziegler, Lake Geneva School of Cooking, Chef John Bogan, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Jeff Martin, Martin Group, John Stensland and Family, Badger High School Students and Staff, EZ Beaches, Barbara Spiegelhoff, ITW Foundation, Michael Glass, Marvin and Audrey Hersko, John Poiron, Albert and Ellen Burnell, Sid and Patty Johnson, Sylvester and Virginina Seick, Alice Morava, Geneva Hair Lines, Royal Neighbors of America, Rudolph and Marlene Bialek, Joan Murphy, Thomas and Janice McGrath, Louise Habrel, Russo Drywall, Mike's Auto Repair, Lauren Grady, Patricia Jankowski, John Hensey, Michael and Kathe Beach, all our anonymous donors, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring 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.

Memorials

In memory of Linda Friedman, who owned the Snug Harbor Inn, from all of her friends around Turtle Lake. Rockne and Dawn Hardin in memory of Linda Friedman. Geri Hinton in memory of Mary Picchietti.

Please visit

www.timeisnowtohelp.org.

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