Help two great kids have a home

Hello. My name is Steve, Im the father of two girls, 12 and 2 years of age. A month ago my children's mother and my children were living together in an apartment while I lived separate in an effort for she and I to work out our differences for the sake of our children and ourselves. Finances were tight, but we were all doing ok. I received a phone call late on a Sunday evening, finding out my daughter's mother had gotten herself into some trouble. From this point on I have been a single parent to my children, as I have in the past. Our youngest is not biologically mine, however shes never known another father and I raise her as my own and always have since the moment she was born. Its been a true honor, one which I look forward to continuing. Unfortunately, due to guardianship issues taking time to resolve and the fact she is not biologically mine, it has taken considerable time and money to align a court date and has made it temporarily impossible to work as I can not afford to pay for child care out of pocket and pay things such as rent, utilities, and other incidentals children require. I receive no public assistance due to Brooklyn as of yet not being mine in the eyes of the court and state of Wisconsin. I am currently on a leave of absence from my employer until this situation is resolved. I have struggled and fought for my children, worked hard for what I have, and refuse to overlook Brooklyn and Jersey for my own sake. They know me as daddy and I love them both very much. Quite recently my family and I have crafted a plan to allow my family to be reunited and allow me a speedier path back to work. My father, a disabled veteran, has wished to be around his grandchildren for some as he has been a resident of Florida, quite a ways away from us. He has agreed to move up here to be with us. This extra set of hands will also allow me to return to work as he and my 12 year old will be able to provide necessary day care for Brooklyn in my stead while I work and await the state to grant me the rights to Brooklyn which I so desperately need to get things moving. Without this documentation I can receive no assistance for day care, which i sorely need. We have been living in temporary housing while all the pieces work to come together, but unfortunately we have ran out of time and funds and are facing homelessness. All I seek is an opportunity to take care of my children, to turn the page on these events that have hurt us so deeply, and to resume my role as a productive citizen and father. In order for this to happen, we must find stable housing first and foremost. I have some of the funds for this big jump to occur, but alas I am short and out of time. I am trying to raise funds to fill this gap, as well as provide my father a plane or bus ticket to be with us, and furnishings the apt/house will require to make it a good stable home for my children. Im not a person who asks for help unless I absolutely have no choice, I work hard for what I have. In this case, however, Ive been forced to swallow my pride for the sake of my children. I seek 1400, which will complete the money needed to get us into a new place with a fresh lease on life, 200-300 for my fathers plane/bus ticket so he can be with his family, and the remainder to be used for furnishings and incidentals like a rental truck needed to facilitate the moving. Ive struggled and asked everywhere I can ask to make some of these things happen, but its all taking time myself and these children dont have. Obviously given the nature of this situation the sooner I can reach this goal the better all of our lives will be. Its been difficult on us all, weve had to adapt to alot. Its heartbreaking to wake up each day and to look at their happy faces knowing the situation we're in. Any help anyone can assist with will be greatly greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. God bless.

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  • Brian Hill 
    • $30 
    • 43 mos
  • Brian Hill 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
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    • $75 
    • 43 mos
  • Andrew Shepherd 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
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Steve Atkinson 
Organizer
Janesville, WI
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