The Time is Now to Help
Teacher shows concern for students
October 27, 2010 | 10:41 AM
I am a teacher at a local grade school. I have noticed two students that are siblings arriving at school this week looking very disheveled, dirty, and tired. I watch them eat their breakfast and lunch like it is the only meals they eat. I finally asked the older student if there were any problems they might like to talk to me about.
They began to cry and told me how they were living out of their car since they were locked out of their apartment. They had been living and sleeping out of their car for over a week. I tried calling their mother but the phone number provided on her contact information was disconnected. I noticed there were no other contacts listed. I had no other option than to wait for the mother to pick up her children after school.
When school let out I was waiting with her children for her to arrive. I told the mother what the child had told me and asked if it was true. She admitted she had been having some financial problems recently. She said they were evicted when she couldn't pay her rent. She said she had lost her job. I asked her if she had written to you for help or been to any other agencies for assistance. She said she had not. It had happened so suddenly she did not have time. I offered to contact you for her since she does not have a telephone or address for contact. Please call me as soon as possible to help this mother and children.
A Worried Teacher
I see homelessness, evictions, joblessness, disconnected utilities, and hunger far too often in our great country. The fighting and greed among our two parties is not what is needed by, for, and of the people. They continue to spend billions of dollars overseas while millions of Americans are hungry, jobless, and losing their homes. We need representatives that work to represent American's needs here at home. We need our tax dollars spent here in our country, not in other countries for political gain.
The funds the government sends for aid to other countries often comes in the form of military aid, not economic aid. We continue to spend these funds even with a budget deficit here in America. Many of our representatives make this so complicated we do not understand what is actually going on in our own country. This budget deficit will continue to run our U.S. government into the ground or recession as they call it. This recession is affecting millions of fellow Americans. Our politicians need to stop overspending in developing countries for political gain and start representing Americans with the tax dollars we all contribute.
This week alone has been very trying both physically and emotionally. The number of fellow creations in dire need is increasing. When I received this letter I immediately called the number left by the teacher and set up a meeting that day.
The teacher had tried to get the mother and children into a homeless shelter but they were full. She managed to get several teachers together to contribute for a motel for the family. I commend this teacher on her outstanding efforts to help these children and mother.
I went to visit the mother to find out the full story of her homelessness. The mother met me outside her motel room. The stress of homelessness is very hard on children and they do not usually understand why this has happened to them and their family.
The mother began to tell me how she had ended up in this position. Her loss of a job, her being a widow, her assistance falling short, her lack of family support, several children's visits to the emergency room for illness, an extraordinarily high electric bill, and it all was too much for her to keep up with. She hung her head in shame and said, "I promised my husband I would take care of the kids. I failed him and them. How could I be such a failure? He counted on me."
I asked her about her husband and she said he had died unexpectedly from a heart attack at a young age. Heart disease ran in his family but he ignored all the symptoms. She had pleaded with him to get a physical and blood tests but they did not have health insurance. This poor mother began to tremble and cry, repeating, "I'm a failure." I calmed her down and told her she was not alone. Many Americans are suffering all over our great country. I assured her The Time Is Now To Help would help her.
I told her we would pay for one month at the motel. We received a discounted rate. She thankfully cried for the roof over her family's head, running water, a bathroom, kitchenette, clean beds, all the things she did not have living in her car. We helped with a good supply of food and networked a few of God's fellow creations to help her apply for assistance. I went over her resume and offered some tips for a job. I promised to provide the first month's rent and security deposit when she found housing she could afford. We provided her with gift cards for food and gas for her older car. We provided the emergency assistance this family needed to keep them safe and healthy. I told her I would get in contact again the following week to see how her job hunt was going.
When I called the motel the following week the mother reported she had found a job. The mother had gotten the job she hoped for. She said, "I felt I got this job because of you. You gave me the confidence and provided the positive thinking I needed to put my best foot forward at my job interview. Thank you for your prayers and faith in me." I assured her she had done this on her own and could now hold her head up with pride as she restored her life piece by piece.
Thank you to the teachers that helped to save these children and mother from living a life of fear and hopelessness, if they had not brought this family to our attention who knows where they may have ended up. God Bless everyone for your Caring and Sharing hearts to allow us to provide help to our fellow Americans in desperation.
I thank all of you for your kindness in Caring & Sharing what you have been blessed with to help our fellow creations. Please take advantage of the "S.M. Fall 2010 $10,000 Matching Grant". Every dollar you donate will be matched by another. Thank you for Caring and Sharing.
Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C.
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