Glen and Kaitlyn bought their first home in Westminster, MD in 2013 when the kids were under 2 years old. They worked hard and spent the next year renovating the whole house - knocking down walls and painting the exterior in the middle of the night to avoid waking the babies. Shortly after renovating it and a few month's before Axel's 3rd birthday, Axel was diagnosed with Autism, Unspecified Impulse Control and Conduct Disorder, and Language Disorder which originally showed as a speech delay and Axel being "in his own little world." His diagnosis has been a very challenging road for them ever since.
One of the biggest challenges has been the fact that Kaitlyn is unable to work full time to contribute to the family's income in a time when it's most needed. Axel cannot participate in typical child care settings specifically because of his challenging behaviors and an after-school special needs nanny to drive him to Kennedy Kreiger in Baltimore 3 days a week for therapy is too expensive. He has made incredible progress since starting at the Achievements early-intervention program there last year and will continue in the program until the summer. He has showed significant progress especially in speech, language, and behavior. He now uses long sentences instead of babbling and his behavior continues to show improvement although it's a constant struggle in Kindergarten. It really is amazing how far he has come!
Kaitlyn works for Redfin part time and coordinates weddings part time but the income is not enough to make a difference. Glen previously owned a business that suffered because of the financial pressure and other uncontrollable circumstances and was unemployed for a few months before starting full time with Redfin in the beginning of the year. So with a starting salary and Kaitlyn being unable to work full time - even being as frugal as they are, they have been unable to keep up with bills. Not to mention, their credit was negatively affected by the business. Simply said, they have not been able to catch a break and they've had to make a lot of sacrifices.
Currently, they need $11,261 to reinstate their loan to avoid foreclosure. Glen's job is picking up momentum now that he's been there for a year and Kaitlyn has a couple of substantial job opportunities on the horizon. Also, Axel's early intervention program will end in July, giving them more time to focus on work and hopefully having more after-school child care options with improved behavior. Needless to say, the future looks great if they could just catch up!
Any donations and prayers would be appreciated. THIS FAMILY REALLY DESERVES IT!
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Here's how they helped me and my family:
My name is Tonya O'Neill and my husband is Bobby O'Neill. We have 3 littlle girls: Maylynn (12), Mariah (10), and Macie (9). Bobby and I recently fell back into drug addiction. We were 2.5 years sober and had started our own business but it was getting to the point where we were going to lose everything and our Faith was fading quickly. Our family had been members of Crossroads140 for about 1.5 years at this point but we were not very involved. We tried out Glen and Kaitlyn's small group and ever since we reached out for help, they have really walked through the trenches with us on the road to Recovery.
My husband and I were on the verge of divorce and God only knows what would have happened to our girls this time. Not to mention we were $4770 behind in our rent alone. Kaitlyn met me at the my Drs. appointments for 2 weeks. She was even there before me! She also went to an AA meeting with me and to HSP for support. I was held accountable by her and she has helped me and my family with no strings attached. She opened her home to me and my kids for about 2 weeks while I was going through withdrawal so I could get a vivitrol shot - a shot that tremendously helps with cravings. Glen reached out to my husband in many ways and has supported him and even helped us improve our business.
Together, Glen and Kaitlyn opened their hearts and their home to our family and we have all really bonded. Bobby and I have been sober since September 8th 2017 and we were baptized along with our girls on November 14th, 2017! Behind the scenes of all of our mess, Glen and Kaitlyn struggled financially. They are very involved in early intervention with Axel and are dedicated parents who LOVE their kids and LOVE people. With the time and energy it takes to care for Axel and being all new at this is a huge part of why they are close to losing their home. It's either they help their son or they make money and have "NO TIME" for both.
I am telling you all of this because I am asking on their behalf for any help this holiday season to "Help the Harrisons Save Their Home". I would like to return the favor of them helping save my LIFE but I can't do it ALONE. If you can only afford $1 that would be $1 closer to saving their home. We appreciate your generosity and prayers!
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