The Evan's Family Emergency Fund

Surely, many will agree that 2020 has come with its own set of unique challenges for everyone, as this family was in the midst of making yet another major life transition, fate took another strategic blow.  On September 22nd while on her way to a scheduled medical appointment, 45 minutes from their home, Jill-Marie’s vehicle was struck by a young driver traveling at a high rate of speed who ran a red light through an intersection less than a quarter mile from Jill-Marie’s destination.

The impact was sudden and powerful enough to push her car across the intersection into the other side of the divided roadway, deploying all the airbags and causing serious injuries to Jill-Marie. This resulted in a total loss of the one and only vehicle this family shared among the three of them.  Subsequently, they will need to purchase a new vehicle(s) and need funds to cover the cost.

Jill-Marie’s injuries continue to be evaluated as is customary with a crash of this magnitude. Most concerning, has been the manifestation of stroke-like symptoms beginning the day after the accident with slurring of speech and the inability to find words to express herself. This frustration often brings about a wave of emotional breakdown.

Why this is particularly overwhelming is that the same day as the accident, the Evans Family received word that their home which they had just placed on the market the week before had a buyer and due to contractual obligation, are bound to be scheduled to move the second week of November!  

Normally, this would be exciting news as the Evans’ have been systematically making plans over the past several months to relocate to the Greater Orlando, Florida area for various positive opportunities. However, now with the loss of their only means of transportation, and the navigation of cognitive injuries and PTSD as well as ambulatory challenges with the family’s “project manager” the news was nothing more than another major stress factor.

The challenges facing them is that they need to be out of their house 48 hours prior to the closing for the final inspection of the buyers, so they will have to stay over in a hotel for two nights and obtain transportation to the airport. Once they arrive in Orlando, their household items are not scheduled to arrive from Massachusetts for another 3-4days, wherein there will be another cost incurred for temporary housing and meals and transportation.  

During all this time since the accident and until they are established in their new home and are able to replace their vehicle, the Evans will have to incur the cost of renting a car and purchase the rental insurance coverage since their policy in Massachusetts will no longer be valid. They will have to navigate balancing transportation with one vehicle among the three adults for Josiah’s school/work schedule and various meetings and appointments.  

Due to cognitive challenges and time constraints, there has not been a lot of room for competitive negotiation as arrangements for movers and disposal of household items, etc. has had to be on the fast track and is proving to be very costly.

Further complicating and compiling to the issues, is that once the relocation occurs, the entire family will be without health insurance coverage as they have been covered by the State while residing in Massachusetts.  So any follow up and/or future medical services for the family will have to be out of pocket until they can get re-established in the State of Florida.  This in itself presents a challenge as their sole source of provision comes by way of their ministry donations and Aaron’s income as a speaker and itinerant minister.  Due to the pandemic and stoppage of travel and gatherings, needless to say that resources have been stretched.

While many may be thinking that there is insurance involved due to the nature of the accident, there is much negotiation and administration to iron out the details relative to personal injuries, etc., due to the ongoing nature of symptoms, settlement could take up to a year or more.

We are hoping to raise funds to help defray the costs of temporary housing, transportation and meals while traveling as well as provide additional support with the domestic and administrative responsibilities during Jill-Marie’s recovery and to cover any medical services that will be needed in their new location.

Any support (including and especially prayer!) is greatly appreciated!

With love and many blessings,

Josette Allen

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To learn more about the Evans family…

The Evans family was brought together by divine orchestration in 2007.  Aaron, who was left in charge of raising his two-year-old son after losing his first wife to cancer in 2001, and who has been an itinerant minister for over 35 years, was invited to speak at the church that Jill-Marie had just started attending one Sunday in January, 2007. Through a series of “God” confirmations, it quickly became evident to them that this trio was to become a family.

Throughout the past 13 years, the family has overcome a number of challenges, including an initial diagnosis at the age seven of high-functioning autism for Josiah.  This challenge was confronted with a temporary relocation to the state of Georgia for Josiah to attend a program known for cognitive rehabilitation for spectrum disorders. Upon completing two phases of the programming, Josiah and his family returned to their home north of Boston, MA where they have been for the past decade.  Josiah went on to successfully graduate high school, complete an internship at a Physical Therapy center, and play defensive lineman for 5 years on his school’s football team.   As a young adult, he currently has acquired his drivers’ license, is working in the deli dept. of his local grocery store, and, until recently was attending classes at the local community college in pursuit of his goal to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.

In 2014, Aaron was stricken with an aortic dissection and underwent a nine hour cardiac surgery.  Recovery has been an ongoing and progressive process.  During all this time, Jill-Marie has been the glue to hold the family together and keep affairs in order on all fronts, including domestic oversight, being an advisor to her son Josiah and administrator for their ministry, The Emerging Daniel Company, Int’l. , as well as primary overseer to an elderly aunt experiencing the beginning stages of dementia.

As this year has been a season of circumspect for so many, the Evans family had concluded that this would be their season for another transition in Heaven’s agenda and were eagerly awaiting the manifestation of God’s steps. It is apparent that there is something worthy awaiting this family in the next season as the fiery darts continue to be launched but fall short.
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Josette Allen 
Organizer
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Arcanum, OH
Jill Evans 
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Brianna Kinne 
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