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Woman has no other options

April 07, 2011
Dear W.C., I have a young son with multiple handicaps. I have been raising him on my own ever since his father left. While my son is at his school are the only hours I can work and bring in a meager income for us. This extra income beyond our assistance helps to pay for our food and car expenses. We could not get by without it. My ex-husband has moved away and can't be found to pay child support. When they make budget cuts do they not realize how it affects people like me, living on the edge of poverty, with no other options?

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A deserving family in need

January 20, 2011
Dear W.C., I know a family that is having a very hard time. I know they are late on their rent. They have two young children. The father lost his job last summer. The mother was hit by a hit-and-run driver and was left handicapped. They do not receive enough assistance from disability and unemployment. Due to all the medical bills and threats from the bill collectors they have been left broke. I have known this family for many years and know they are good people. They have always lived frugally and have a devout belief in God. They do not have gas for their car. I have offered to drive them on several occasions but they have declined. I think they are too embarrassed to accept any help. They have even declined my requests to visit due to their embarrassment of not being able to afford heat. I do not know how they are feeding everyone and keeping a roof over their heads. Please help this deserving family.

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Senior worried for the future
March 31, 2011
Dear W.C., I am very distressed by what I see going on in our great country. I am a senior woman who has raised four children on my own after my husband died. I have always considered myself a working middle class citizen. I am very proud that all my children worked their way through high school and then college. Three graduated with degrees and student loans, and one has served his country proudly in the military. Now I watch them struggle to keep or get employment. They are all good, smart, hard working adults, yet I see their future will be very hard. My daughter is a teacher and will be lucky if she still has a job next year. My son is in the military as his family struggles financially. My oldest son lost his job at the beginning of the recession and is now working a low paying job that he is lucky to have. My other daughter serves tables just making it week to week. Her four-year college degree does not mean anything without any jobs.
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Senior faces truth about roommate
March 24, 2011
Dear W.C.,I am a senior man with medical problems. I met what I thought was a nice middle aged man but was taken advantage of. I admit I trusted him too much but he seemed like an honest man. He was renting the extra room in my house. It helped me make my bills and it was nice having someone around to help with the chores. He would clean up the house and grocery shop for me. Since I have a hard time driving I let him take my car to run errands and look for work. He ended up crashing my car and leaving without notice. He never paid me for the last two months rent. I had sent him to the bank to pay some bills and make some deposits for me and they were never done. He even stole some of my personal belongings and medications.
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New home for special family
March 03, 2011
Dear W.C.,My husband and I are struggling to get by. We are in our 30s and have two young children. I have been unable to work due to illness. I have been battling breast cancer for several years. I have been through surgeries and chemo. I did not have health insurance. Since I was young I thought I would be fine without it. It was one more expense we couldnít afford even when both my husband and I were working full-time. I tried to return to work but ended up back in the hospital.I receive disability. My husbandís employer cut his hours due to the economy. He pleaded with him to work longer hours but they could not afford to pay him. We have fallen behind on our utilities and our car needs repairs. I will be trying to pay my medical bills off for years, if I live that long. My doctors are not very optimistic on my outcome and I have had to come to terms with not being able to beat this disease. I worry every day about being able to buy food, pay our rent and utilities, and leaving behind this financial mess for my husband and children.
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Summertime Foundation matching grant set
February 24, 2011
We are very happy to announce Summertime Foundation has again graciously given us the opportunity of a $5,000 Matching Grant. These funds are desperately needed right now to offer assistance to the many poverty stricken in our local communities. Please consider donating at this time, knowing your funds will be matched dollar for dollar by the Summertime Foundation. Thank you for continuing to support our mission during these difficult economic times. Your Caring & Sharing is enabling us to offer assistance to children, senior citizens and disabled fellow creations living in the daily struggle of poverty. Thank you to the Summertime Foundation for this fundraising opportunity. Dear W.C.,
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Ill daughter changes life for grandmother
February 17, 2011
Dear W.C.,I have been a self sufficient hard-working person my whole life. Then last year everything changed when my daughter became ill with cancer. She was living in an apartment, working, and raising two young boys. It was obvious she was going to need my help. I had no idea how ill she would become from her treatments. It broke my heart to watch how bravely she battled this terrible disease. She always remained positive around her boys, even when I knew it took every ounce of strength just to ask what they did in school. My grandchildrenís father left several years ago and my daughter has been raising the boys herself since. I was always proud of what a great job she did as a hard-working single mother.
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Christmas wish $25,000 matching grant = $50,000 in assistance
February 10, 2011
ďThank YouĒ to everyone that contributed to the Christmas Wish $25,000 Matching Grant. With your generosity and the generous donors of the matching funds, we were able to provide $50,000 in much needed assistance to the many struggling poverty stricken in our area. This matching grant was a Christmas Wish answered for those in need of assistance. It seems as though with every visit and phone call I make the need is greater, the desperation more intense, the fear and hunger magnified. Many hours of research, phone calls, counseling, and prayer went into each of these visits. The recession is driving our fellow Americanís into a depression behind their closed doors. Their tears and fears are a reality that breaks my heart continuously. My goal is always to bring the emergency assistance needed, as soon as possible, to put people back on their feet again with dignity. We have offered them relief from that daily struggle and they can now get through this winter warm and fed thanks to your generosity. With this column we are also sharing our 400th column. It is hard to believe we have been sharing this mission with all our caring and sharing readers for that long. So many of our neighbors and fellow creations have been given the assistance they so desperately needed, thanks to our devoted readers/donors.
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Couple falling farther behind
February 03, 2011
Dear W.C.,We find ourselves falling farther and farther behind. My husband had a stroke last year leaving him paralyzed on one side and impairing his speech. He is on disability but that does not cover our bills. I used to be able to work overtime hours at my job to help make ends meet but my employer had to cut back on everyoneís hours. Now I am not even able to get in enough hours a week necessary to be eligible for health insurance benefits. We cannot afford to pay insurance on our own. We canít even afford to pay our car insurance which is required. I got pulled over last week for an expired registration and received a ticket for both the expired registration and lack of insurance. How can I drive to work if I am not allowed to drive my car? I also have to drive my husband to physical therapy. We have a thirteen year old daughter. She is such a good girl. Last week she insisted on giving me her baby sitting money to help out. She has caught me crying several times over our situation and has asked me what she can do to help. There seem to be no opportunities in this recession. For the first time in our life we are lost.Please help.
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Senior in emergency situation
January 27, 2011
Dear W.C.,I have seen an elderly woman outside with her dog by her trailer. She looks very destitute and I am very worried about her. She seems very thin and frail. Her trailer is in very bad shape. It is always dark when I go by so I worry that her utilities are disconnected. I donít know what to do about this poor woman and I worry about her all the time. I have left a few bags of food for her and her dog on her stairs anonymously. I am unfortunately not in the position to offer much financial help myself as I just get by month to month and I have three children. I offered to help her with household cleaning and repairs once but she turned me away. I think she is embarrassed and does not trust my good intentions. I know you are very good with people in this position.
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Struggling after taking in grandchildren
January 13, 2011
Dear W.C.,I donít know who else to turn to. I am caring for my grandchildren. My daughter began to drink. She was not caring for her children properly so I stepped in to care for them. At one time she was an excellent mom. When her husband left her for another woman she changed. She was deeply hurt by his deception. Since he left he has never visited the children. He has never paid any child support. Unfortunately my daughter fell in with a group of friends that liked to drink every weekend. I would care for my grandchildren every weekend just to make sure they were properly cared for. Now she has run off with a man and not come back. I filed for custody of the kids. I love these kids with all my heart and do not want them to end up in foster care. I will give them the loving care they need. The children should not have to suffer due to their parentís irresponsibility. I am having a hard time financially paying my rent, utilities, food, and other expenses like child care when I go to work. Can you please help us?
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Disabled woman receives needed help
January 06, 2011
Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for the disabled person I care for. I recently took over the full-time care of a woman who is very disabled. I took over the job for a friend of mine when they said they could no longer care for her. This disabled woman does not receive enough disability or assistance to make ends meet. She does not have the equipment, such as a hoist, or even a proper wheelchair, to make caring for her even safe. My friend who left the job was not caring for her properly due to injuring her back while lifting her into her old wheelchair. I canít believe there is not more assistance available for her. It would be much more costly for the state to place her in a home, and this woman does not want to be in a home. I took over the job only because I am out of work right now and I need to put food on the table.
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