Thank You! I am truly appreciative of all the help!

May 17, 2018 6:37 pm

I have something I want to share with you…I am a grandmother, raising my two younger grandsons. On July 3, 2014, my grandsons were placed with me by DCP&P (formally DYFS) and, I was granted KLG, which is Kinship Legal Guardianship of my two youngest grandsons, ages 12 and 10 on July 13th. I lost all benefits from the state agencies, which included a monthly allowance for the boys and child care. So, instead of waiting until July 13 to stop my benefits, the state cut all resources off on June 30, 2015, and I began out of pocket expenses for childcare. On August 10, instead of receiving my monthly allowance for the boys, I received a check for $1,000 less. I went into a panic, scrapped together money to pay the rent, but it was late, and at that time, I was served with eviction papers and legal fees were added to the account. I was desperate…the women that runs the collection department at my property management company, L., reached out to me professionally, but also personally and offered me a list of agencies that could help. On the top of the list and also her recommendation, “Interfaith Neighbors” came up! So I called and left a message…I received a call back the following day from Joanne. During our conversation she asked me questions and wanted me to come by the office and pick up an application, which I did. When I walked through the door of the office, I felt this warm comfortable feeling…I know this sounds far-fetched, but I knew I was in the right place. I only spoke to Joanne on the phone, but when I arrived, she took me to the office upstairs and told me the director was in and he wanted to meet me. I was shocked; I could not believe that he took the time from his busy schedule to meet me. He listened, asked questions, and told me that someone would get back to me, and they did – the next day. When I returned to my office, I sent Maura an email and it read, “You have no idea how comfortable your office made me feel. Joanne was extremely helpful and I am truly grateful. I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who took time from their busy schedules to speak to me.” The next day, Joanne called and asked me to bring in all my paperwork and meet with Maura. Again, I was greeted warmly, taken to the offices on the second floor, and while I was being interviewed, Maura told me that I could sit with the director, Joe, while she make the copies of my paperwork. When I entered his office, Joe handed me two envelopes, each one with a $50 gift card to Walmart, and he told me “to get the boys school supplies and whatever else they might need.” I was speechless…what did I do to deserve this! I did not expect this at all! I only met Joe briefly the day before, but he talked tome and told me about the organization. He told me that he would be signing the check that day and calling my property management company to stop the eviction proceedings, because MY account would be satisfied. I can only say that you have no idea how much this means to me. I never thought that I would need help, I was embarrassed to ask for help, yet there is help out there! God does provide to those who need it! I am the proof of that!

God has always come through for me…I’ve learned that faith and prayer are more powerful than material things and even when I had no money coming in (last month) for the boys, I found Interfaith Neighbors and received the help…now I don’t have to worry about being evicted and feeling helpless.

My story is not exciting, but I do feel truly blessed that I am able to take care of my grandsons and give them a safe and loving home. I am a grandmother that is doing what any other grandparent would do! All children want is to be cared for; to feel loved and safe! I was able to accomplish this last month with the help of “Interfaith Neighbors.”

God bless and thank you from the bottom of my heart!

S.R.

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