With no where else to go, they are all staying in my son's studio apartment. He has generously given them the opportunity to have a safe place to temporarily be and is staying with me and sleeping on my couch.
While it's not ideal it's better than the homeless shelter.
Sarah is a stage manager and the production coordinator at Randall Theatre in Medford, Oregon.
She is devoted to her children. She is doing her best to maintain some sense of normality in their young lives. School, multiple therapy appointments, school activities, theatre camp, piano lessons.... things that aren't costing her money, just time.
She also homeschools her oldest son
Garrison. In March of 2008, when he was just 7-years-old, he was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. At that point he was incredibly sick and required a blood transfusion; as a result of that transfusion he had a stroke. He was hospitalized for three months and had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, write. Everything. Though he survived, he still suffers cognitive and fine motor deficits. Further treatment of his bowel disease failed and he ultimately required complete removal of his colon. Though this did help him a little, he now suffers from chronic pouchitis, ongoing inflammation of his surgically created rectal vault. The symptoms are nearly identical to the bowel disease he suffered from. They are constant, at times completely debilitating and, of course, exacerbated by stress.
Because of his ongoing illness he is attending LOGOS Charter school, at the recommendation of his previous high school who could not accommodate his ongoing illness.
This situation is hard on them all but G, as we lovingly call him, is having the hardest time. On top of his medical issues, he suffers from depression and the stress from being homeless is making everything worse to a scary degree.
The good news is Sarah has enough income to pay monthly rent for place to live.
But they need your help.
The cost of initially getting into a home is high. With deposits, possible renters insurance, application fees, it seems an impossible task. She's reached out to local organizations with no luck. The only option they offered her was a place in a homeless shelter.
Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. If you can't donate, please share.
We aren't the kind of people who like to ask for help. But our kids are more important than pride.
Blessings upon you.
- Liz Oppelt
- Sig & DIane Dekany
- Kyle Shegstad
- Kathy Wing
- Randall Theatre
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