The Time is Now to Help
Helping fellow Americans now
July 14, 2010 | 08:13 AM
I find this very hard, I am writing to see if you can help my wife and I. We are very scared because we are about to become homeless. We are both seniors and have always worked. I lost my job due to the recession and the factory I worked at for years had to downsize.
My wife worked for 52 years. She has recently had some health trouble and we have no supplemental insurance. We are renting a small place because we lost our old home. We wanted to sell it but we couldn't. We never had children. We read The Time Is Now To Help column in the newspaper.
I called this older couple to find the location where they lived. They were renting a garage apartment on the second floor and it was difficult to find. When I saw the steep, narrow staircase I wondered how they went up and down these stairs everyday with their health problems. When the door was answered by an older gentleman I introduced myself. He grasped my hand in a firm handshake and pulled me inside. He said, "My wife cannot wait to meet you, the man from The Time Is Now To Help. She has heard so much about you from people at church." They invited me to sit and talk.
When introduced to his wife she shuffled over in a hurry to meet me, like I was a long lost relative. As she reached out to embrace me in a hug, I looked into her eyes and noticed they were filling with tears. I reached out to hug her back and I could hear her whimpering as she cried. I felt a compassion and love for my fellow creation as the elderly man put a hand on each of our shoulders. I consoled both of them and told them I was on a mission to help them, sent by many other compassionate neighbors who care. As they spoke I could sense their deep fear of poverty and helplessness.
They were in a bad position due to the fact neither of them worked. They had many outstanding medical bills due to the wife's recent illness. Our fellow Americans have much pride and have been instilled with the feeling of duty to pay their debt. Those bills haunted this senior couple.
They had begun to budget their food, trying to make it with just two small meals a day. I stressed the importance of three meals. I asked them how they negotiated the steps every day. The wife said she went out as little as possible, even though the doctor had also stressed the importance of a daily walk. She said she just couldn't make it up and down the stairs. They said the apartment was the only housing they could afford when they lost their home.
After going over their budget I could understand their very stressful fear. The wife said, "I worked hard my whole life. I never thought our wonderful country would get in such a mess. We are lucky to just keep a roof over our heads and some food on the table." So many people are now in the same position, living in fear behind closed doors. Many seniors cannot get by on Social Security.
Then the husband told me about his mother recently passing away at 90 years old. He said she had lived in the same small house for most of her life. He told me his mother had left the home to both himself and his brother when she died. I asked why they were not living in the house and he said his brother would not let them live in it. He also said his brother would not allow them to sell the house in order to obtain their half of the house's value. He was embarrassed to say his brother was well off and did not need the funds from the sale of the house. He had not told his brother how they were suffering in poverty. I asked him if he would allow me to call the brother for him and explain the situation. He agreed to let me try.
The husband called the brother from my cell phone right there in the kitchen. After a brief conversation with his brother he handed the phone to me. The brother was surprised to be talking to a complete stranger about their mother's home. He was upset his brother had even talked to me about the home. I had to explain the position his older brother and sister-in-law were in. I had to tell him how they were unable to eat properly and barely pay their rent. He was not as sympathetic as I had hoped. He seemed cold and indifferent to their problems. I told him they were not asking for a hand out.
They just wanted to be able to either live in the home or sell it. After some conversation he agreed to think about it. When we hung up the phone I could see why they had not wanted to confess their problems to the brother. Here was their own family member, in a position to help them without taking a dime out of his pocket, and he had to think about it.
I told them I would provide them with grocery gift certificates so they could get some food immediately. I also agreed to help them with the past due rent and utilities. They were overwhelmed with our compassion to help and moved to tears. They said no one had ever offered them a helping hand before. Now complete strangers were helping. I told them we are not strangers but fellow creations doing our hearts desire, caring and sharing. We cannot wait for our government, we the people need to help each other.
The next day I called the brother to see what he had decided. He said he did not want to sell the house at this time due to the recession. I suggested he let his brother and wife live in the house paying him half the rent he would normally collect. He was at first appalled at the idea. When I reminded him it was for his older brother that was out of work and sister-in-law that was extremely sick, he seemed to soften up some. After more encouragement on my part he at least agreed to come speak to his brother at his apartment. I met him there the same day. When he saw the stairs, the condition of his sister-in-law, and the small rundown apartment, he finally realized what they were going through. He looked away quickly as I saw tears in his eyes. I asked him if he thought their mother would have helped. He younger brother answered, "Yes, they can move into the house."
At the end of the month they moved into the small house that used to be his mother's. They cleaned it and arranged all their belongings. The husband also had happy news, through Time Is Now networking he had gotten a job. Thirty hours a week, just what their budget needed, enough to help them with food and pay their low rent. He also reported his wife was now able to walk daily and due to that and their improved diet she was feeling much better. She was back to working some light cleaning jobs part-time. The last time I saw them I received another long hug, this time not in desperation but in a heartfelt thank you of relief.
The wife told me, "Please tell all the supporters of The Time Is Now to Help thank you for helping." Thanks to your generosity we were able to help more fellow Americans who have fallen on hard times. God Bless you for Caring and Sharing.
Please consider donating at this time as every dollar you donate will be matched by another, doubling your donation by the Richard Driehaus Matching Grant. Thank you for caring and sharing. Together we make a big difference helping our fellow creations of God.
Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C.
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 exactly what every penny of your donation provided for the poverty stricken.
Gage Lake Geneva Cruise Line Helps: We have been offered another wonderful fundraising opportunity by Gage Lake Geneva Cruise Line. They are offering every Thursday evening a Cocktail Cruise to benefit The Time Is Now To Help. This cruise is available every Thursday boarding at 6:15 p.m. and returning at 8 p.m. The cruise features a highlight tour of the lake shore estates, entertainment, and a complimentary boarding beverage. When calling for reservations you need to mention code: TIN for Time Is Now and we will receive $10 of each ticket sale. Individuals, groups, or your organization will be honored for caring and sharing. What a great way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Geneva and give back to those less fortunate in our area. Call (262) 248-6206 for reservations.
A Very Special Thank You: Paul Ziegler, Tom & Mary Johnson, Dick & Jean Honeyager, Dorothy Heffernan, Martin O'Brien, Dennis & Christine Haak, James & Marilynn Dyer, Roland & Diane Schroeder, Mary Ann Whitmore, Donald Baumgart, Berneal Deady, Pam Maynard, Elizabeth Wallace, Gerald & Marilyn Wilkin, Kathleen Brooks Parker, Ron Amann, Mark Trestor, Clarence & Doris Hart, George Bootz & Sandy Hayward Bootz, Steve & Betty Thornton, Debra Guzman, Douglas Thorp, Kim Olsen, Margaret Plevak, Clifford & Louise Morris, Anna & Frank Guske in honor of Les & Pauline Malsch's Anniversary, Ron & Carolyn Bloch in honor of Phil & Carmie Maisenbach's 50th Anniversary & Phil's birthday, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, 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: Marcia & Marion Madaus in memory of Rod Fusek.
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