As we have been making calls and reaching out across our local community it was recommended that we begin a GoFundMe page for this family. Their needs are beyond what we imagined when we became involved and this being the holiday season many are giving so much already it has been difficult to be yet another person seeking donations. .....
The family in need has a son and daughter that attend our children's high school. The short story is the father is an alcoholic and has been physically and psychologically abusive for many years. Just before Thanksgiving the abuse was so bad the mother finally gained the strength and courage to call the police and have him arrested.
Aside from the physical and psychological damage, the father caused a tremendous amount of damage to the home over the years, and before the police arrived he did significantly more damage to the interior of the home. The kitchen is barely usable and there is only one working bathroom. There are holes in almost every wall and broken beer bottles and cans everywhere. Their dryer takes 4-6 cycles to dry clothes and the washer leaks everywhere, so they literally have to stand with the washer for each use. Almost every wall has holes and most, if not all, doors have been ripped from the hinges. Right now, the house is very depressing for them to reside in and a daily reminder of the abuse they have endured.
They are at least two months behind in utility bills, she has maintenace needs for her 2006 vehicle and her children have not had new clothing for over 2 years. Many days they allow the son, who is an athlete, to eat the one meal and the mother and daughter go without.
The mother is trying to pull herself together and is currently working at a discount store and is trying to get hours as a waitress. She is unable to make ends meet.
My neighbor has reached out to several organizations who are trying to pull supplies together, but they have not had much success yet.
GoFundMe funds will be used to get contractors and supplies to help make repairs to make the home liveable. Money will also be used to pay utilities, car repairs, groceries, clothing and any and all needs for the family.
ANYTHING or anyone you know that could help would be greatly appreciated. There are so many in need, especially at this time of year.
We appreciate your giving spirit and helpful hands.
Matha Brown, Jennifer Andersen & Colleen Calzada
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