Home for the Pierces

$7,035 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 54 months
Sometimes, even when you follow all the rules and do everything right, life knocks you down anyway. And then, just when you start to scramble back to your feet, it kicks you in the gut and knocks the wind out of you. It's happening to one of my best friends right now, and I need help to give her a hand up and get on her feet to stay. Read all the way to the bottom to see how my family and I are kicking in one-of-a-kind special thank-yous for helping. :)

Heather and I have been friends for 20 years. We met our freshman year of college and have been close ever since, even when life took us to different states.

We've visited each other, helped each other through our kids' various illnesses, made homemade gifts for the holidays when money was tight, listened and encouraged through lost jobs and unexpected car repairs, and comforted each other when loved ones died. Her kids (especially Alli, who is the same age) loved Elli as much as we did, I think. They still remember her birthday.

Heather always seems to know when to send a hilarious card or a heartfelt note, and we look forward to twice-a-year meet-ups.

Three years ago, everything was looking really good. Her husband, Dave, was assistant principal at a school, and they had bought their first house. With 4 bedrooms and a yard, they had space for their 6 kids, plus the ability to take in her brother when a roommate situation went sour and he needed a place to stay.

But it all began to crumble when Dave lost his job. It took almost 2 1/2 years for him to find another full-time position, while he and Heather worked jobs wherever they could find them (usually minimum wage or a few cents more). They tried to keep life as stable as possible for the kids. In spite of scrimping and pinching and stretching their dollars far better than I could ever dream of doing (Heather is a whiz at maximizing WIC and SNAP while working around her kids' health issues), they lost their house last fall.

It isn't easy to find a home that will work for 8, but they managed. In October, they moved into a rental house. And in November, Dave started a new job managing a home for adults with special needs, helping them live independently. It's the kind of place we would have loved to see Elli move to, if she'd lived into her twenties. His salary is quite a bit lower than the principal's job, so after benefits and taxes, they are still barely making it. But it's a job, and it looked like they might finally be able to climb out of the hole they've been in for the last 3 years.

Until they got the news that their landlord is selling the house and needs them out of the house in 30 days. They can't get a loan to buy it (modest 4-bedroom homes run around $130,000 where they live in northern Indiana) because they haven't had enough stable time. Finding a new place to live and moving again 7 months after the last move is a crushing blow. Heather is terrified that they could become homeless, and worried about how another move could disrupt the medical care her kids need.

Let's help this beautiful family get back on their feet. Help me raise the 20% down-payment they need and get them into a house. We have until June 8 to keep them from losing their home. 

Thank you so much for reading, and for thinking about how you can help. None of us gets through life without a little help now and then. No gift is too small -- every little bit will help this family get back on their feet!


A donor has stepped up to cover the down payment!

They are asking us to continue to fundraise to cover the closing costs. In case the current house remains unavailable and the family needs to move, we also want to pay for a mover to help the family get settled quickly and easily. THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!!! 


We have a house.... sort of!
The last two months has been a wild ride with highs and lows. It's a long story, but the bottom line is that an anonymous family is buying the Pierces a house and renting it to them. Whoa, right?!?!?

BUT the family has to move across state lines. So they still need our help.

I talked with Heather this week to see what they need for the move. They need to rent a moving truck, pay for gas, and buy those usual setting up-in-a-new-house things like paint, toilet paper spindles, and window treatments. The house may need some significant repairs and we think they may also need appliances. The home currently under contract is still in negotiations, so we may be hosting them in our house for awhile if the house isn't move-in ready in time. 

Will you please consider helping? Every little bit counts. While we've got someone who can buy a whole house, they can't do all of this alone. Moving a family of 8 is no small task. Even $5 will help as we count down to moving day. 
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Finally some good news! Dave has accepted a teaching job in Ohio, and the family is scheduled to move this weekend! The family is in the process now of renting a moving truck, renting a house, and getting the kids registered for school. Thanks to your generosity, we're able to cover all those expenses out of this fund, plus the fees to transfer Dave's teaching licenses to Ohio.

Ongoing prayer requests include finding a house (they are looking at three houses tomorrow, so please pray that one will work), and the kids' transition to a new town and new schools. Pray with us that they would make new friends quickly and that the anxiety some of them feel about all these changes will dissolve into settled peace and confidence.

Thank you again for your help and support over these last two months! We all appreciate it very much. The Pierces wish they could thank each of you personally for your gifts.
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I'm sitting here at the computer trying to figure out how to explain where we're at right now. It's one thing to know in your head that helping a family recover from serious financial and career setbacks is tough. It's quite another to experience it with them. Life is hard and progress hardly ever happens in a straight line. 

We have had a really really rough week. A ten-year-old friend of one of Pierce kids was hit and killed by a truck Monday night. 

And the house deal we were pursuing fell through. It's a complicated story with lots of twists and turns, looming unknowns for the donor that completely changed their financial ability to help, and a shady uncooperative seller's agent. (We've been incredibly lucky to have a top-notch buyer's agent donate his time and commission to help us, but even he couldn't overcome the issues we had with the seller and the property.)

So in many ways, we are back to where we started in May... the family must vacate their current house by July 31 (that's 6 days from today for anyone who is counting), and they have no house to move into. 

They've decided to go ahead and move to Ohio anyway. The job situation in their current area is impossible. They have family and support in Ohio (including us). Dave continues to apply for teaching and administrator positions and will substitute teach if all else fails (though because school is just now starting, that will take awhile to become a steady source of income). Heather is applying for retail positions. They are very concerned about helping their kids make the transition in the midst of such uncertainty. 

Prayer requests:
Teaching or administrator position for Dave
Flexible job for Heather
Temporary housing to move into July 31
Permanent housing in a good school district 

Financial/Physical requests:
Funds to cover the moving truck, fuel, storage unit, security deposit
School supplies for each of the school-aged kids
School clothes for the school-aged kids
Rental property or another donor willing to purchase a home and rent it to the family on a sliding scale while they get established in new jobs
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AMAZING NEWS!!!!! We have a donor willing to cover the down payment, but they have asked that we continue to work raising money to cover closing costs on the loan. In case the family does need to move, we also want to pay for movers. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
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$7,035 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 54 months
Created May 13, 2014
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51 months ago (Offline Donation)

Happy to donate three months' rent!

51 months ago
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chris peterson
51 months ago

We send our love, prayers and best wishes for the Pierce family. The Petersons

51 months ago
Kelsey Jast
52 months ago

We are rooting for you guys :) We know God will do big things for you.

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