The Time is Now to Help
In need of assistance
September 29, 2010 | 07:40 AM
I am writing to ask for assistance for one of my tenants. They are a family with two young children. One of the children is handicapped and is on oxygen. They have been unable to pay their rent for several months and I know their electric bill is probably not paid. I know they are a good family that has fallen on hard times. The father lost his job when the business he worked for downsized. The mother cares for the children full time as the handicapped child needs a lot of assistance.
They have begged me not to evict them as they have nowhere else to go. I would keep them here forever if I could, but I have my own unpaid bills to pay. I own the duplex we share and I count on their rent to make my payments. This has put me in a bad position and I do not have the heart to put them out on the street. I am turning to you for help in hopes you can keep us all from becoming homeless.
I have formed good relationships with many landlords, knowing they have knowledge of who truly needs assistance. I have also come across a few landlords that are only looking to get their rent paid no matter what. After a visit with this landlord I knew she fell into the first category. She was a true friend to this family and had helped them as much as she possibly could, showing me her own delinquent payments. She had even brought over food when one of the children had mentioned he was hungry and they had little to eat. She could not believe they were in that bad of shape.
After I reviewed the landlord's situation I said I would like to speak to the family, so we walked next door. When we knocked on the door I noticed the duplex looked dark. I was surprised when a woman answered the door carrying her handicapped child in her arms. She told us to please sit in the kitchen. When we walked into the kitchen I noted there was no food to be seen. When the mother came into the kitchen the landlord introduced us and asked if the mother would like her to stay while we talked.
The mother asked her to stay. After we talked for a few minutes it was obvious the mother seemed very depressed. I asked the mother to tell me how their situation was. The mother began by saying her husband had lost his job. They were waiting for his unemployment to begin and they had applied for other assistance. Unfortunately his unemployment benefits were delayed and the assistance they applied for was very minimal. They were caught up in the downward spiral of poverty. They had one car to drive, and it was not running well either. The father was out looking for work and had already gone to several interviews. They also had a medical crisis with their handicapped child that meant even more bills.
I could see the mother was very overwhelmed by everything. The financial fears were a lot to handle on top of her child's health problems. She began to cry and I could tell she really needed to talk. When she finished she seemed somewhat better, calmer. I asked her if she had any family or close friends nearby. She said they all lived out of state.
After we went over their finances and some more conversation, I could see this family truly needed our help. I told the mother and the landlord we would be able to pay the present month's rent and one month ahead. The mother and landlord were extremely grateful. We also paid their electric and gas utilities up to date, to prevent further disconnection. I asked and looked in the cabinets and refrigerator for food. I found very little food. I handed the mother grocery store gift certificates and asked if she would be able to get food for the children as soon as possible. She promised to go as soon as her husband arrived home. I also gave the mother gas certificates for shopping and for her husband's job hunting.
Her husband arrived home right when we were leaving. I could hear the car pull up to the duplex and noticed the way it sounded. It was burning oil and had several problems I could easily detect from listening. I shook the husbands hand and introduced myself. He seemed to be a very clean cut nice gentleman. We visited for an hour to set up plans for a budget and a job. I asked him to take his family to buy food and when he got back I directed him where to bring his car for service. I promised to have the car repaired for them. I knew the car would be very important to obtain a job. The father could not believe we were there to help his family. He had tears in his eyes as he shook my hand a second time.
I am happy to report the family is on their way to an improved quality of life. After another month went by the mother was happy to tell me her husband had indeed gotten a job. They would now be able to keep up with their rent, utilities, and food. The mother was extremely thankful we were able to bring them up to date on everything and keep a roof over their heads. She was very sad she had put the landlord in that position. They are now close friends. The mother does not feel so lonely and overwhelmed anymore. The landlord even watches her handicapped child for her occasionally to give her a little break. The family sent us a letter thanking The Time Is Now To Help, and all of you, for helping them get their life back together.
Thank you for your Caring and Sharing. Together we make a tremendous difference in removing the pains of poverty, giving hope, compassion, and sustenance to our fellow creations.
Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C.
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