February 4, 2015
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Tears of Joy
You may have come across someone like April. She is one of those energetic, full of life people who seem to be able to do it all… all at the same time. Someone who’s life goes way beyond multi-tasking or wearing more than one hat. This is a story of what happens when a person with such a remarkable gift for getting it done, runs into something she can’t do.
April and her husband divorced and immediately all financial assistance from him stopped too. Receiving no financial help from her children’s father cut her household income by more than half, but not her family’s needs. She was required to take on all financial responsibility for her 2 and 4 year old daughters entirely on her own. April believed “if anyone can do it, I can”. She replaced her part time job with a full time job and managed, as always, to continue providing her children with love and emotional support. However, with only one income and many additional work hours, it was tough, tougher than she imagined.
For awhile it appeared April and her little girls were not going to make it, even resorting to living in her car or staying in a local motel for a while. Her salary was not enough to provide for all of their needs. April’s aunt suggested she go to a shelter because “in two weeks they will give you section 8”. This opened April’s eyes, this was not the lifestyle she wanted for her daughters. Was there something she was able to do to turn this around? Absolutely!
April searched until she found a better paying job, working with a physician. As a coworker said about April “she’s awesome, patients love her!” She has been taking classes, a few at a time, to become a registered nurse. One day while at work a patient came in, who happened to own apartment buildings and, out of the blue, offered her an apartment without the additional requirement of a security deposit. Her older daughter was enrolled in a recognized music program (at no cost to her) and is becoming a fine violinist, the girls were both doing well in school, April’s job was a perfect fit and she was on her feet financially. Things were certainly looking up for April and her girls.
But life is not a smooth road. When one of the girls needed braces and her car needed costly and major repairs at the same time, April was not able to financially handle it all. April was working and going to school, but getting to work and school and getting the girls to school, music and orthodontist appointments without a reliable vehicle was impossible. The car repairs had to be done, leaving April short on rent money. April put school on hold, delaying the financial growth that would accompany her RN license. She had her daughter’s braces removed temporarily, because cutting that monthly bill was a necessity. Her church offered a class on money management that she enrolled in to help her better handle her income/outflow. April was doing all she could, yet all she could do was not enough.
April searched online for an organization that assisted single parent families and found Extended Family®. She contacted Extended Family® and explained the circumstances that placed her in her current, and frightening financial position. And April, who has always prided herself on doing it on her own asked if it was at all possible for Extended Family® to help her get back on her feet. April’s application for assistance was approved and her past due rent was paid on her behalf.
According to Mark Carmer, the founder of Extended Family®, “we assist those single parents who are employed and working hard for their families, but find it’s still not enough. Our current government programs are not designed to provide aid to those who are trying to better themselves. Single parents, who are employed in an effort to improve the lives of their children, often fail to qualify for government or charitable assistance because they are earning an income. Extended Family® believes these are the people who should be supported the most. We believe in helping those who are alone and working hard to help their Family. Being a good single parent is tough enough, but being a good single parent with limited financial resources and little or no support from family or friends is almost impossible. Extended Family® tries to make it a little easier.”
April was extremely appreciative and wrote to Extended Family® saying, “I recently received a grant from your company that helped me and my kids maintain a roof over our heads. I'm Soo thankful that I found this company and even more thankful that you/volunteers took the time, energy and funds to invest in me and my daughters…” With the support of Extended Family®, April’s life was back on track. She was able to get back on her feet and continue supporting her family on her own.
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