Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Mother is ill, father is out of work

October 11, 2012

Dear W.C.,

Could you please check on a family that attends the school where I work? I am very concerned for their well being. They have three children, all on the free lunch program. The mother has been ill, and the father is out of work.

I have noticed the children are often dressed in clothing that is too small and their shoes are very worn. I asked one of the children if they had a jacket to wear for recess and they said they did not have one. They also are extraordinarily hungry for their school meals. I have heard you say before these can all be signs of poverty right in our own community.

Could you please contact this family to see if they are having trouble? My instinct tells me they are suffering and struggling in poverty.

Concerned adult

Dear readers,

I contacted the woman who wrote this letter requesting assistance for the family in need. She provided me with the information I needed to contact the family directly. I thanked her for being an observant, caring and sharing fellow American.

I went directly to the address the letter writer had given me. It was a very run down house. The windows had taped plastic over the broken panes and the roof was in very poor condition. I knew there had to be mold and water problems.

Just when I was getting out of my car a man came out the door and asked who I was. It turns out he thought I was a bill collector or there to repossess their car. I showed my identification and explained about The Time Is Now to Help.

He looked very embarrassed when he heard this, but I reassured him there was nothing to be embarrassed about. It was only him and I there talking about their situation.

He told me about his wife being sick for the past few years. She had a heart condition made much worse during her previous pregnancy. Prior to the pregnancy she was able to work and care for their three children.

Now she was not able to do these things that helped her family before. The husband told me she always told him she felt like such a burden and was very depressed about her inability to do more. Since they did not have health insurance, the medical bills were astronomical.

He said they were making monthly payments that now were so big they could not afford their utilities or car payments.

He asked me to come inside and meet his wife. When we went inside the wife was asleep on the couch.

Even though the room was warm she had a blanket pulled to her chin. The husband said she often slept during the day as she had constant fatigue.

He told me the only thing they could do for her was prescription drugs that were so expensive they had to give up other expenses to purchase them.

I asked the husband about his job search. He said he had lost his job several months ago.

He had been doing odd jobs just to try and get by.

He said, ďIt has been real hard watching my wife become sicker and sicker and I canít even earn enough to take care of my family.Ē

With that I saw the tears of frustration and pain in his eyes.

I took a look around the nearly empty kitchen cabinets. The house was also pretty empty of furniture. The father said they had sold a lot of their belongings since he was out of work. Their medical expenses over the past three years had really driven this family into poverty.

We went over their budget. They were one month behind in rent and two months behind in utilities. They were in need of food. After we spoke for some time, the wife woke up.

The husband went to her, helped her to sit up and introduced me. She was embarrassed as well. She apologized for sleeping while she had a guest. I told her it was perfectly fine.

The father told me about several job prospects. He was going for interviews the following week. He was a very qualified worker. He also said one of the jobs would enable his family to get back on track financially. It was a rare good paying job.

I reviewed the budget with both the husband and wife extensively.

First they needed to inform the medical bill collectors of their situation. Rent, utilities, and food for the well being of the family would be first. In regards to their health and costs they would have to relocate. The house they were renting was a health hazard with all the mold.

Also the utility bills would be much lower in an apartment or better constructed building.

I confronted the landlord about the condemned house. The landlord agreed to a few hundred dollars and broke their lease, forgiving the balance of the rent.

We brought their utilities up to date as they would follow to the new location. We also provided them with food, clothing for the children and used furniture, at no cost from Chris Annís Resale, for their apartment.

I stopped in to see them a month after they moved into their newer rental. This time the mother was in much better health. The father had been working at his new full-time job. It is amazing when the financial stress is removed and your belief in God sees you through, how life can be restored.

Once again, together, we make our world a better place doing Godís good works. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,

W.C./Sal

Help needed

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.



Thank yous

Geneva National, Mark and Natalie Reno, Walworth Fontana Rotary Foundation, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Kunesí Country Auto Group, James and Lynne Newman Foundation, Paul Ziegler/Ziegler Charitable Foundation, Badger Precision Spring Employees, Jennifer Olomon, Jackie Hennerley, Albert and Ellen Burnell, Dennis and Jeanne Ludwig, William and Jean Isaacson, Steve Thornton, Roger and Elizabeth Lisenby, Donald and Emily Henderson, Dorothy Tookey, John and Rita Race, David and Janice Powell, Donald and Anne Ogne, Larry and Verna Lee Magee, 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: Geri Hiton in memory of the deceased members of the Kurland Family. Ruth Ann Beyers in memory of Allyn and Jane Palmer.

Chris Annís Resale Shop

I will continue to ask Chris Annís Resale shop for furniture and household necessities to help our poverty stricken fellow Americans. If you have anything you would like to donate to Chrisís 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 the Shell gas station and Next Door Pub. ďLook for the American Flags.Ē

Fundraiser

Tuesday, Oct. 30, Simple Restaurant will have a fundraiser for Side by Side. Seatings are at 5, 6 and 7pm. $10 Tickets ($5 for children under age 10) may be purchased at the door or from members at area churches.

Cars needed:

Please donate a used car to help our fellow Americanís get to work and other daily necessities. Goodsearch for The Time Is Now: Search the web with www.goodsearch.com and help to raise funds for The Time Is Now to Help. Just make www.goodsearch.com your homepage and pick The Time Is Now to Help as your charity.

Please visit: www.timeisnowtohelp.org