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April 20, 2011 | 07:19 AM
Dear W.C.,

My utility bill has been too high for me to keep up with most of the winter. I have made a few small payments towards the bill but could not catch up. Now I will be disconnected in a few weeks. The utility company was unable to disconnect my gas and electric during the winter months. Now that spring is here they can begin disconnections again. How will I keep my children warm? I have tried to get back on a budget plan but since I was on one once before and was late with one payment they will not allow it. If my utilities are disconnected I will lose my lease and be evicted also.

I have a work-related injury that has plagued me for the last two years. I have exhausted all workmen's comp and unemployment. I have been trying to receive disability. My doctor still does not want me to go back to my job in nursing due to the spine and nerve damage I have but what are my options? If I go back my doctor says I risk permanent damage. I feel like it is permanent damage now because even after several operations and physical therapy I am still in constant pain. I have a part-time job that pays minimum wage just to try and keep up with rent and food. It does not go far. I don't know where else to turn.

Dear Readers,

Probably as you read this column the disconnection of utilities will have begun for many of our fellow creations. If your utility bill is not brought up to date by the middle of April you will lose your gas and electric. Since we clearly are not enjoying spring-like weather yet you can imagine how cold this will be for many people. This often results in tragedy from the improper use of space heaters and generators in the home.

Since the beginning of 2011 The Time Is Now To Help has spent over $11,000 in natural gas assistance and nearly $15,000 in electric assistance. This has helped many of our neighbors avoid the tragedy of living without utilities. Thank you for your caring and sharing. Our largest area of assistance continues to be shelter assistance at nearly $40,000 year to date. Most people living in poverty will struggle to pay their rent first to prevent homelessness. It is hard to live in a home or apartment without heat, lights, refrigerators, ovens, and all the other daily necessities that require utilities.

I paid a visit to this mother and children to see their situation first hand. After meeting this single mother and children I was very relieved I had gotten there in time to prevent the loss of utilities. She was struggling to get over her painful back injury. I could see she moved very carefully and painfully. She said she stopped taking half her pain medications because she did not want to be living and caring for her children in that condition. She also said they were very hard on her stomach and were causing other health problems. She told me she learned how to move to keep the pain at a minimum. She was just recently able to begin driving again after almost two years being unable to physically manage it. This enabled her to get a part time job. Her ex-husband was helpful with the children but unable to offer much assistance financially. He had been out of work for over a year as well and could not pay child support. The price of gas for the car was taking so much of her pay check it did not leave much else for food and rent.

I asked about her family situation. Both her parents were deceased and she had no siblings. She said the only true friend she had was her ex-husband. She said he was an excellent father but they just were so young when they got married they were not mature enough at the time to care for their marriage as well as children. They had been divorced since before her injury. She said when she was able to work she was very capable of caring for the children and all their bills. Her husband's job loss compounded her financial problems at the worst possible time. I asked to speak to her ex-husband to see what his job skills were.

I could see that his ability to pay child support was going to be very helpful. The mother called and asked him to come over to talk with us. He arrived not fifteen minutes later. I noticed the children were happy to see him and he was very affectionate and loving towards them. After speaking with him I could see he was a very nice, clean cut man. He had been searching for a job for a long time and felt terrible about his inability to help out more financially. He helped his ex-wife physically after her injury and did seem to be a good friend to her. I told them I would be able to help in his job search.

I also promised we would be helping to bring the overdue utilities up to date and also paid her upcoming rent that she was very stressed over paying. We provided gas vouchers to enable her to drive to work. I supplied information about other programs and the food pantry. This assistance gave her and the children the ability to survive until her ex-husband would be able to start a job. They were overwhelmed by The Time Is Now To Help's generosity. The mother broke down in tears and gave me a weak hug, all she could manage with her spinal injury. I was very thankful.

I called on an old friend that I knew had the ability to hire this man. He was more than willing to give him a try with my recommendation. I called the father to tell him the good news. He was thrilled and ready to get back to work. The pay was enough to offer some much needed assistance to his ex-wife and children. Since they were still such good friends they decided it made sense financially to move in together. The two of them also found new love and respect for each other. The children were much happier to have their mother and father together again.

Thank you for all your caring and sharing to bring relief to our poverty stricken fellow creations.

Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C.

Please Help Our Desperate Americans: 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.

A Very Special Thank You: The Summertime Foundation, Kunes' Country Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, Beach & Associates, Badger High School FFA, Trigreen, Kelly King, Frank & Theresa Guske, Jr., Michael & Mary Butscher, Mark & Tamara Mueller, Stateline Grange #772, Gerald & Marilyn Wilkin, Kathleen Brooks Parker, Frank Huml, Jr., Hollis Schuetz, Janet Snead, Warren Hatch, Pam Maynard, Jane & Richard Roman, Dick & Jean Honeyager, Martin O'Brien, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring food 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.

We Desperately Need Cars: Please donate a used car to help our fellow American's get to work and other daily necessities.

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Please visit: www.timeisnowtohelp.org

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