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December 17, 2013 | 02:11 PM
Dear W.C.,

My family is going through a very tough time. My husband has been fighting cancer for the past year.

It is finally in remission, and we are so thankful to God for that. We have had a very difficult time trying to keep up with our bills. Our food assistance has been cut. Our medical bills are sky high. Our rent is now two months behind because I had to pay for a repair on our car and for several expensive prescriptions.

We have two teenage children that are both trying to be brave and helpful. They both work minimum wage jobs after school to try and help. We would be so grateful to just get caught up on our rent and not have the stress and worry of being evicted.

I had to cut back my hours to part time in order to care for my husband when he was so sick. I am going back to work full time next week. My husband is going back to work part time in one week. Thank God his employer has this job for him.

Can you please help to relieve the financial stress of being evicted when we are so close to pulling our life back together?


Dear readers,

I called the wife/mother that wrote the letter. She asked me to come speak in person as she only had a few minutes available on her government phone. I followed the directions she gave me over the phone to their apartment.

When I arrived the wife and husband both invited me inside. We introduced ourselves, and after a short tour of the small two bedroom apartment we sat to talk at the kitchen table. I asked where their two teenage daughters were, and they said they were both at work. They worked at a local fast food restaurant and shared rides with other employees or walked if the weather was good.

We talked about many things with the conversation eventually coming to the fathers health. He pulled off the cap he was wearing to proudly show me where his hair was growing back. He shared how difficult his year had been and the many struggles that had brought him to his remission.

He said, “I finally feel like living again. It was so tough there for a long time. I did not think I could make it, but my wife and children helped me to get through it.”

With that he reached for his wife’s hand and they smiled at each other. The wife added, “We have a new appreciation for our life and our love after being through this together. Now we realize how precious life is. We just wish we did not have to worry about becoming homeless, or about not having enough food or our car breaking down again.”

We went over their budget. They had lived in their own home prior to the husband becoming sick. They ended up losing their home.

They had been making payments on two cars and one of the cars was repossessed. As soon as he had to give up work and began going through surgeries, radiation and chemo their life changed as they knew it for many years. The wife had to cut her hours at work in half to care for her husband. They moved into a much cheaper rental.

The mother explained when they discovered the cancer their entire life was in turmoil.

The father explained, “We went from a healthy, loving family to being scared of dying and leaving my family. I knew without my income we would lose everything, and we did. We lost our house and car. Our daily existence turned into a big struggle and an overwhelming fear of becoming homeless. The kids were crying every day. Finally one day in our family prayer time we decided there was enough fear and tears. The girls told us they found part-time jobs to help out.”

The father broke down in tears while the wife hugged him. The wife continued, “The girls working not only helped pay for our food but also pulled us together. The girls are so proud to help. That was when my husband asked God to please help him to get better. And after a long struggle the doctor told him his cancer was in remission.”

Just then the front door opened and the two daughters walked in from work. They both came over to hug their parents with smiles on their faces. Their love, kindness and devotion brought tears to my eyes. I could feel the love and strength that helped this father get through the hardest times of his illness.

I knew we needed to help them relieve the financial stress in their lives. The landlord was being very understanding but he was in a financial position of needing to be paid as well.

He had been kind enough to not evict them or charge any late fees.

We brought their rent up to date and paid two months into the future, to give them a chance to get on their feet again.

We also paid their utilities so they did not face a huge utility bill and possible disconnection come spring. We provided additional food immediately and referred them to the W.C. Food Pantry for further food assistance. We also provided toiletries and gas vouchers for their car.

All this help was so gratefully received. The husband and wife were in tears when I returned the next day with their checks and vouchers. They could not believe that there was a local group that could provide this level of caring and sharing right in their own community.

I explained how we work together to remove the pains and sorrows of good people who have fallen on hard times.

I told them how all of you care and share to make the big difference in the continued work of The Time Is Now to Help.

The wife said, “We are so blessed to have The Time Is Now to Help right here in our own backyard. I saw you on TV and could not believe it then. I heard people talk about the many good works your group does, but I still could not believe you were for real. Now you are here helping us. The Time Is Now to Help was a miracle worker for my family and so many others. Thank you God for bringing us help.”

I offered my own, “Thank you Lord for allowing us to be there to help these fellow creations in desperate need. Thank you for all who support our mission and thank you for allowing us to share your loving kindness with those turning to us for help. Thank you for seeing this family through such a difficult time and allowing us to be there to help.”

As we move through the busy holiday season please take the time to reflect on those less fortunate. Take a moment to thank God for your blessings of family and shelter. Material goods will never give the joy that we feel when we provide the most basic needs for our fellow creations in desperate need.

I thank all of you for making our good works possible. Together we will continue to remove the many pains of poverty including, hunger, loneliness, fear and homelessness. Together we provide hope, compassion, care, shelter, food ... all the necessities of daily life, through our caring and sharing. God bless all of you for helping.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,


Together we make a big difference. 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 Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing how your donation provided assistance for the poverty stricken.

A special thank you to

Fox Charities, Dick and Jean Honeyager, The Summertime Foundation, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, Schawk Family Foundation, The Geneva Inn, Kunes Country Auto Group, Matt Stracner, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Paul Ziegler, Martin Group, John Stensland and Family, Bernard Labovitch, Allen Hermansen, Gary Darman Company, Mary Kay Ring, Jay and Karen Fritz, Edward Hechmann, JP Ieronimo, Kettle Moraine Classic Car Club, The Single Ladies Koffee Klub, Oldies but Goodies Red Hat Club, Peterson Drywall, Marcia Madaus, Thomas and Linda Moots, Richard Green, John and Karla Zils, Leslie Scheurer, Edward and Kathryn Drexler, Lorna Klein, Richard and Mary Ruch, Michael Glass, James and Marilynn Dyer, Scott Schwefel, Sid and Patty Johnson, Janice Stubbs, George Rozhon, Avis Luchsinger, Patricia Jankowski, Gerald and Joyce Byers, Ronald A. Szatkowski, Harley and Dorothy Kurtz, Joanne Zeasman, Ray and Pam Ring, Harry and Lois Niese, Richard Jais, M. and W. Bresnahan, Sylvester and Virginia Seick, Michael and Kathe Beach, Henry and Virginia Hertl, Charles and Donna Corson, Dell Giving, Rosemarie Reiherzer, Merwyn and Marilyn Taylor, 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.


Duane Harma in memory of Donna Harma. Ronald and Carolyn Bloch in memory of Delano Vonn Palmer.


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