Help keep The Mannella's together!

My name is Amber, and I'm starting this campaign for my dad. My dad has been the only parent that myself and my younger brother have/had growing up. My mom was in and out of behavioral health facilities from the time I was about 11 and my brother was about 7. When I was 13, she tried to kill herself when it was only my brother and I home with her. When I was 16, my parents got divorced. Both my brother and I stayed with my dad, because my mom was incapable of taking care of us. In their divorce agreement, both of my parents were supposed to pay a sum of $100 to my grandmother on my mother's side every month to pay back some debt they owed her. Neither of them ever did that. From the time of the divorce until now, a lot has happened with her and the relationship between her and her kids. She got remarried to a man who didn't like my brother or I, and didn't hide it. They got divorced. Then my grandmother, my mom's mom, got sick. Because my mom was living with her, she ended up taking guardianship of her. About 6 months ago, my mom had a breakdown, telling me about how she hated her mother and wanted her dead, etc., etc. She walked out on her, and ended up in another behavioral health facility. From there, I paid for her to stay in a hotel where she met a homeless man that she started dating and they got a place together.  Now, she is taking guardianship of my grandmother back, and moving back into my grandmother's house along with her new boyfriend.  Now that they are moving in, my mom is suing my dad for not paying that $100 a month to my grandmother. My dad is facing 6 months of jail time for that. Both my younger brother and I are both living with him. If he goes to jail, we lose everything. Being the older one, I'd have to find somewhere for the two of us to live, because we can't live with my mom. The court date is February 26th. The lawyer says that his only hope is coming up with the $6,900 they say he owes her, and walking into court to pay her. We need to come up with that money by the 26th or my dad goes to jail, and me and my little brother out of a place to live. Please, please help us. Anything will help. Thank you for anything you can do.


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Amber Mannella 
North Aurora, IL
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