Sheila works parttime (as many hours as she can get) at a Subway. She is also bright and is ambitious but birth and life circumstances preclude immediate advancement. Her life is devoted to her girls.
Managing basic life needs is a constant, on-going struggle. Both Sheila and Zoie are in therapy, though Sheila cannot go right now as she has reached her yearly limit as dictated by her insurance, and both are on needed psychotropic meds. Past traumas have left their mark on Zoie--tantrums, night terrors, chronic insomnia--though these issues are markedly improving thanks to Sheila's efforts on her behalf.
The calcium in Sheila's teeth was depleted during her first pregancy and she desperately needs very costly dental work--at a cost of around $10,000. I am blessed to have had the kind of middle class family and life style that enables me to help this desperately in need family out. I should add that I both respect and love them. I was able to send Zoie to the YMCA summer camp and thoroughly enjoyed her now cheerful, inquisitive, funny, always reading and learning little self with me for 2 weeks since they live in Tampa and camp was here.
I've set the goal high, but it would equate to $10,000 a year for 10 years to enable a less desperate life style for a most deserving family. I am creating a board of 3 to agree on any expenditures over $500. I think you know my own credibility, and I can easily vouch both for this family's need and its sincerity. Your donation money simply would go to an excellent cause--and you will know where it is going. Should the situation change in ways that would lead to the board's withholding the money, the 3 of us would find another deserving family or cause for the remaining funds.