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Life turned upside down

July 12, 2012

Dear W.C.,

My family has been through a lot in the past year.

First my husband lost his job a year ago, then I lost mine six months ago.

We could not pay our rent and were evicted three months later.

We put our belongings in storage and moved into my parents small basement. It is dark and damp and not a place for three children. We barely fit all our beds in there. Two years ago we were in a much better place financially.

Both my husband and I had good jobs with benefits. We never worried about food for the table or clothing for the kids.

Now these things we took for granted are luxuries we can no longer afford. Our cars were repossessed and we now share an old unreliable car to go to job interviews.

One of our children has asthma and caught a terrible virus last winter. She ended up in the hospital. I believe it was aggravated by the stress and living conditions we are in. We will be trying to pay that hospital bill for years to come.

We also lost all our belongings in storage when we were unable to make the storage payments. I truly feel we have been humbled and hit rock bottom.

Humbled family

Dear readers,

This has been a week of desperate pleas for assistance from many suffering due to disconnected utilities and homelessness. The extreme heat even found a homeless woman so desperate to get out of the heat she sat in a public building for two days. She said she was recently homeless due to an abusive relationship and needed to get to her family out of state. She said it was too hot for her and her pets to live in the car during the day. She did not know what to do.

A caring person called The Time Is Now to Help to see if there was anything we could do.

We immediately found her a motel room and provided her with gift cards for food, toiletries, clean clothes, and gas for her car. She was so full of gratitude she burst into tears. Can you imagine the dream of a clean bed, food, a shower, and clean clothes after doing without for days? She was ready for her long drive home after a few good night's rest and nourishment.

Everyone at The Time Is Now to Help said a prayer for her safe journey home.

The family that wrote this week's letter was in need of suitable housing for their family, furniture, and household necessities. When I spoke to the family I found out the father had just started a new job. His first job offer in over a year of searching. They were very happy to have a start towards bettering their lives.

They showed me their living quarters at the parents very small house and I found the mother was not exaggerating in her letter of request. It was very damp and smelled of mold. Several of the beds were already damaged from the leaks and dampness.

I verified the father's new job. The employer said he was off to a great start and could see the father was very, very appreciative of the new job by his hard work. I told the family to look for a rental and we would help them with the first month's rent and security deposit. The mother told me she had found a part-time job as a waitress that would help their financial situation as well. It was in the evenings when the husband was home so they would not be in need of childcare.

We received a very generous offer from long time volunteers of The Time Is Now to Help, Chris and Gary Smith who own Chris Ann's Resale shop in Lake Geneva. They offered to supply for free any people we found in need with furniture and household necessities. Gary and Chris have been volunteering for The Time Is Now to Help for fourteen years. They even saved a wonderful little girl from neglect and abuse, giving the little girl a loving family and guidance.

When the family in need lost all their furniture and had nothing, I called Chris at Chris Ann's Resale shop. Just as many other business owners are struggling to pay the bills, Chris struggles as well. She even cleans homes and businesses to cover her overhead. When I told Chris this family had nothing, she immediately gave me a list of what The Time Is Now to Help could pick up for free. With the help of more volunteers,

Frank Guske, Jr. and his group of caring volunteers, we delivered an entire apartment full of dressers, bunk beds, couch, desk, chairs, night stands, lamps, etc. The family was so grateful to Chris Ann's Resale shop for their generosity and giving them a fresh start in their rental. The Time Is Now to Help purchased several new mattresses to replace the ones ruined in the basement.

We also provided this family with a car from Kune's Country Ford. The family could not believe they had a safe, reliable car to get them to their jobs. They no longer had to worry about losing their new jobs due to their inability to get there.

A big thank you to everyone that made this assistance possible. So many caring and sharing people gave them a hand up and a new beginning. God bless all of you for Caring and Sharing.

Once again, together we make our world a better place doing God's good works.

Health and Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C./Sal

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.

A Very Special Thank You: Chris Anns Resale Shop, Frank Guske, Jr. and his team of god's Angels, Verlo Mattress Factory, Mark and Natalie Reno, Kunes' Country Auto Group, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Craig Wiser, Distribution and Transportation Service, Whiting Law Group, Leslie Scheurer, Louise and Clifford Morris, Edward and Kathryn Drexler, Dallas and Henrietta Briggs, Jennifer Olomon, Anthony and Penny Hendrickson, William and Dorothy Tookey, William and Jean Isaacson, Sidney and Patty Johnson, Lyle and Rosella Wilson, Jr., Jack Mallory, John Poiron, Abbott Laboratories Employee Giving, 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. Memorials: John and Helen Hawkinson in memory of Mike Albee. Chris Ann's Resale: I will continue to ask Chris Ann's Resale shop for furniture and household necessities to help our poverty stricken fellow Americans. If you have anything you would like to donate to her shop please call (262)348-9088. They are located at 406 Hwy. 120 North, Lake Geneva, WI, in the old Floor Store building across from Shell and Next Door Pub.We Desperately Need Cars.

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