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Breaking down where grant money went

by Sal Dimiceli

July 25, 2013

This week we completed our distribution of the Fox Charities $25,000 Matching Grant funds. Your generous donations matched by the Fox Charities $25,000 Matching Grant has provided $50,000 in poverty assistance to those in desperate need.

Gracious gratitude to Fox Charities and all of the donors from those you provided compassionate care for, removing their pains of poverty. Every penny of this matching grant was used to provide utility assistance, shelter, automobile assistance, food, toiletries and household necessities.

This is how all of us helped:

Rent/Shelter = $29,356.59

Thanks to the Fox Charities Matching Grant and your generosity, we prevented homelessness for over 40 of our fellow creations.

This week alone we prevented homelessness for six families and provided emergency housing for two families living in cars. We paid overdue rent for senior citizens and the working poor to prevent eviction.

Your donations, matched by Fox Charities, provided the funds necessary to move these already homeless struggling families from cars to motel rooms, and prevent the anguish of eviction for seniors and children.

Utilities = $10,125

Phone $300 + Gas $3,800 + Electricity $6,025

Thanks to the Fox Charities Matching Grant and your generosity, we paid for gas and electric utilities for senior citizens, the handicapped and for those whose utilities were about to be disconnected. We paid the cell phone bill for a senior citizen living all alone.

Many people were suffering with poor health, disabilities and medical bills. This has caused them to choose between their health care, food and paying their utilities. God Bless all of you for providing these much needed utilities.

Food = $3,792.22

Thanks to the Fox Charities Matching Grant and your generosity, many fellow creations will not go hungry. Many children do not receive their school provided breakfast and lunch during the summer months.

This causes an already stretched food budget to be stretched even further. As many of you see with your own grocery bills, food prices continue to rise. As gas prices rise, so do our food costs.

We provided emergency food assistance with gift cards and emergency volunteer food deliveries. Some of these fellow creations had very little food to eat. Many had only been able to purchase a cheap bag of chips or fast food to fight off the ever present hunger. Your donations helped to fill the pantries, refrigerators and nourish the bodies for many of our poverty stricken neighbors. God Bless all of you for removing hunger.

Transportation = $4,979.12

Thanks to your generous donations, matched by Fox Charities, we were able to repair three cars for single mothers.

We also assisted with gas vouchers for many struggling to pay the high cost of gas for their cars. The working poor, single mothers and senior citizens are being hit hard by the expense of transportation for work and medical visits. It is an expense that has taken an ever larger part of the budget for most fellow Americans.

Household necessities = $461

Thanks to the Fox Charities Matching Grant and your generosity, we provided household necessities for many. These items include: blankets, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, pots and pans, dishes, etc.

For the homeless we sheltered that have often lost all they own, these items are most appreciated. For those that struggle with budget restraints, and often go without these daily necessities, these items were gratefully received.

Toiletries = $1,286.07

Toiletries are highly appreciated items. Toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc.

The fellow creations struggling to pay their rent and utilities will give up toiletries and food in order to prevent homelessness. The homeless have no money for these often expensive items. Your donations provided personal hygiene and self-confidence for many turning to The Time Is Now to Help for assistance.

Grand total = $50,000

As you can see every penny you donated, along with the Fox Charities matching funds, went to assist the poverty stricken. We feel so blessed to be supported by you and Fox Charities.

Together, we will continue to replace the fear, pain and suffering of poverty, with compassion, healing, Caring and Sharing with our hearts to change lives. Thank you for helping us achieve good works for those in desperate need.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,


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.


Fox Charities, Lake Geneva School of Cooking, Chef John Bogan, Pentair Foundation, The Summertime Foundation, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Keith Gibson and Family, Jim and Ardith Drescher, Nestor and Bien Alabarca, Dr. Gerald Theune, Bill and Susan Bosworth, Suzanne Sampson, Gerald and Anita Heinz, Wayne Reuter, William and Carol Dick, David and Mary Riesland, Caleb and Bridget Christen, Martin Business Group, Brady Corporation and the 3rd Annual Brady Walk for the Community, Mary Kroll, Hedwig Spaight, Joanne Batzler, Donald and Mildred Carl, Rebekah Fox, George and Lauretta Clettenberg, Carolyn May Essel, Chris and Kelly Welch, Milton and Carol Ann Ancevic, William and Sylvia Daletski, Mariusz and Magdalena Tobijasinska, Marvin and Audrey Hersko, Anthony and Mary Hauet, Randall and Margaret Smith, Jack Mallory, Barbara Kufalk, 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.


The Kurland Cousins in honor of the 75th Birthday of Geri Hinton.


Thomas and Bridget Posta in memory of Ralph Graber. Arlene and Kerry Clausen in memory of their fine neighbor Bob May.

Side by Side event

Side by Side will have a fundraiser dinner at Simple Restaurant, Tuesday, July 30. Seatings are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children under age 8. Tickets are available at member churches or at Simple Restaurant, 525 Broad St., Lake Geneva.

Need cars

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

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