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10 years of sharing, 25 years of helping

by Sal Dimiceli

June 13, 2013

This week is our 10 year anniversary of sharing the charitable works of The Time Is Now to Help. Together we have changed the lives of many.

Hunger, homelessness, living without utilities, toiletries and household necessities, lack of transportation and many other pains of poverty have been removed. The children we assisted 10 years ago are now hopefully grown and healthy thanks to our caring and sharing. Some of the senior citizens we assisted are no longer here with us, but their last years were spent knowing someone cared enough about them to make sure they had food to eat, a place to call home and people in their life that cared.

Together, we assisted in removing pains of poverty through our faith, our driven conscious to do good, a pride to do what is morally right, following a path led by God, our love for our fellow creations.

Our purpose continues to stand strong; we will not sit back and ignore our fellow creations suffering in poverty. The emotional pain of witnessing firsthand the pains of poverty takes a toll on our existence. The only way to ease the pains of witnessing poverty’s injustices is to bring compassionate relief as fast as we encounter the affliction of poverty. My dear friends in God, these last years have been much more rewarding and less painful knowing you were there beside us, knowing together we accomplish so much more.

In 10 years time we have provided assistance to over 5,000 of our fellow Americans in desperate need. When you realize this is all due to one man’s dream 25 years ago to found a charity that did not spend its donations on overhead and salaries, it is an amazing journey.

My longing to provide assistance when and where it was needed most, to the most overlooked fellow creations, the homeless, the struggling women and children, the senior citizens living cold and hungry, the handicapped without access to basic necessities, the tears my own dear mother shed while she was enduring the pains of poverty, were the motivation to found The Time Is Now to Help.

As more and more of you heard the stories of those we helped, through the newspapers, People magazine, Readers Digest, the Associated Press, the Hallmark Channel and many other news outlets, the more you wanted to help.

We realized the news media was the way to spread the word of real poverty in our own home towns throughout our great country. This was poverty you could see, feel and grasp, not in other countries but right in the homes you drive past each day on your way to work. Children you see in schools or the elderly invisible to us suffering behind closed doors.

That was the beginnings of our column called The Time Is Now to Help. Since then our story has spread to WGN, CNN, CBS and Fox news. How it spread from there continues to amaze all of us here every day.

The truth is you want to know the facts, what is happening and who is hurting. You want to know how we help. You want to be part of removing the suffering of poverty and providing relief. Removing the terrible feeling of true hunger, providing utilities for those living without light, heat, water ... Our communities have much less homelessness due to all of us preventing the fear and shame of living without shelter.

Together, we have lifted the lives of many by providing what we all treasure, a place to call home.

Whenever we conclude a matching grant we provide a complete breakdown in how every penny of every donation was spent to provide poverty assistance.

Together, we helped over 5,000 in desperate need who would have gone without. Together, we provided rent, utilities, food, auto assistance, household necessities and toiletries. We also provided assistance with wheelchairs, home repairs, clothing, beds, school supplies, medical assistance, dental care, veterinary care, furniture, special education needs, emergency shelter and much, much more. Together, we have opened food pantries. We helped other organizations that provide true assistance to the poverty stricken.

Does it make a difference to you or I that all these people were helped? Absolutely. We are in a war against poverty, the evil that inflicts mental and physical pain, causing great suffering to our fellow creations. I can still hear the crying and sobbing of those suffering as I pray for God to show us the way to help over and over again. I also feel the relief we, all of us together, have provided over the years. Sometimes the pain is not as obvious as the elderly woman that fell in front of me.

My instinct was to run to her and compassionately help. Unfortunately others did not have that instinct and chose to walk around the woman lying in distress. Thank God we together have the instinct to help, to lift up the suffering. We may not always see the suffering behind closed doors. The working poor families that just make enough to get by day to day, until an emergency causes them to fall behind. At that point their survival stops. That is when God leads us to give a hand up.

Did we make a difference to the 5,000 fellow creations we helped? You better believe it. We receive some of the most heartfelt thank yous. We would like to share a few of them so you too can feel the impact of what we do. Many feel the good in their heart when they realize the impact The Time Is Now to Help has had on another person’s life.

“I want to thank everyone at The Time Is Now to Help for helping my husband and I. We never thought in a million years that we would get help. But God works in mysterious ways and sent you to us. Once again thank you so much and when we are ahead in our life we will donate food, clothes etc. whatever we can do to help other families or individuals like us.”

“Dear The Time Is Now to Help, I just wanted to let you know that you are an angel on Earth. With the help you sent my daughter she was able to get the medicine she needed and we found a secondhand motorized scooter for her.

She cried that after two years she is able to get out of the house on her own for the first time. The first thing she did was go to church. You are all in our prayers. You put such a smile on her face she beamed. Thank you again and God bless.”

“I used to cry myself to sleep knowing what little food I had given my children, praying they would be able to fall asleep while still hungry. I kept losing weight not having enough to eat myself. Thank you to God for leading us to your help. Our lives have changed so much for the better. We have food, I have a job and we are finally able to survive. God Bless The Time Is Now to Help.”

“I may be too old to do much but I can express my thankfulness. As you know, since you helped me celebrate, I am 82 years old. I remember crying all the time, knowing I was alone, sitting in the dark with my electricity off. I felt like an empty shell with no love or purpose. I just felt poor. I remember laying down to sleep crying because no one cared. Then you knocked on my door. I just stayed in bed not acknowledging the noise. Who would knock on my door? I tried to ignore it but you kept knocking. I opened the door and you were there. I asked who would care about an old woman and you said, ‘We do. The Time Is Now to Help cares.’ I am living more now at 82 than I have in years. Thank you for renewing my life with love and care.”

The last 10 years of us growing together is so much more rewarding than my first 15 years without all of you. Thank you for being there with me.

Many stories and faces remain in our memories of bringing caring and sharing to our fellow creations. We love to read notes and emails from people we helped in the past that are now doing great. When they remember the helping hand we gave so many years ago we know our impact was felt. That impact would have not been possible without all of you helping us for the last ten years. Here’s to another 10 years of caring and sharing for our fellow creations.

Thank you for reading our column and sharing the message of hope. Please network, share our message of love with all your family, friends and business associates. Please visit our website at and like us on our Facebook page at The more who hear about our mission, the more pain and suffering we can relieve. God Bless everyone.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,


Please Help

There are many living in the fear of poverty, struggling daily to provide food, shelter, toiletries, gas, electric, etc. These are our fellow creations. Please help me to share our compassion and remove the pains of poverty. Presently the Fox Charities have stepped up to offer a $25,000 Matching Grant. Every dollar you donate will be matched by another, doubling your help to those in desperate need, removing their pains of poverty. Please help our fellow creations.

New Mailing Address

Make checks payable to:

The Time Is Now to Help

P.O. Box 1

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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 how your donation provided assistance for the poverty stricken.

A Very Special Thank You

Fox Charities, Pentair Foundation, The Summertime Foundation, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Mark and Natalie Reno, Paul Ziegler/Ziegler Charitable Trust, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Petco Foundation, Gregory Swanson, James and Marilynn Dyer, Walter and Florence Strumpf, John Poiron, Douglas and Gwendolyn Gerber, Stephanie Riley, Phyllis Kutz, Alexandra Gand, Don Jager, William and Jean Isaacson, Louise and Clifford Morris, Patricia Jankowski, Albert and Ellen Burnell, Robert and Patricia Host, Anthony and Mary Hauet, 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.


John and Susan Holmes in memory of Jean Wattsano. Ronald and Patricia Sarna in memory of their dear friends Mrs. Dorothy Cardiff and Mr. Robert Zukowski.

Upcoming Event

Please join us Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 5 p.m. as we celebrate Lake Geneva School of Cooking’s fifth year in Lake Geneva. We will be enjoying champagne, appetizers and delightful grilled bites from Chef John’s Demonstration Table while listening to the musical talents of Dave Sarkis.

The event will be $50 per person with half of all sales going to The Time Is Now to Help. We hope to see you there. For more information please visit or call 262-248-3933.

Chris Ann’s Resale Shop

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 please call (262) 348-9088. They are located at 406 Highway 120 North, Lake Geneva, in the old Floor Store building across from the Next Door Pub. Look for the American flags.

We desperately need cars

Please donate a used car to help our fellow Americans get to work and other daily necessities.

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