|| Saint Ann, MO || Submitted: 2019-09-10
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Progress: We've raised 100% of the cost of this application!
This person has left the following thank you note:
Thank you so much for helping us out in our time of need! 2019 has been a year of trauma and sorrow, but it has also been a year of happiness and blessing, and it's because of you that we have another blessing to count. We lost our house to a fire in April, and our youngest daughter was born in May. I didn't qualify for FMLA, so I lost my job. My husband was able to get another job, but his paychecks didn't match up with when our rent was due, and we started to fall behind. Thanks to all of you, we can pay our rent on time and and escape the trap of late fees, penalties, and possible eviction. All of you reading our story and helping us have blessed us immensely, and we will pay that blessing forward anytime we are able.
Our House Burned Down & We Had an Unexpected Move. Please Help Us Keep Our Small New Home..
I'm really happy that I found Modest Needs because our family REALLY needs help. I'm married to a wonderful guy, and we have two children. I'm employed full time and earn most of the family income right now. My husband drives for Uber to earn money part time while he's in school working to become a licensed counselor. Our two children are amazing. My oldest daughter is 11. She's autistic but incredibly creative. My youngest baby was a surprise! She was born in May of this year, and she's the best surprise our family has ever had.
In April of this year, the house we were renting burned to the ground. The fire was an accident, but we lost absolutely everything we had, including our three cats. We had renters insurance so we were able to replace the things we lost and find a new place to live, but we still had to pay deductibles we hadn't been planning to pay. Less than THREE WEEKS later, just as I was about to go on maternity leave, my employer told me that I wasn't eligible for FMLA, and that if I wanted to be eligible to return to this job after having my baby (I had to have a c-section), I'd have to resign my position. So I had to quit my job, and all of a sudden, we had to choose between paying 100% of our health care insurance on COBRA or being uninsured and paying 100% of my medical bills for my newest child's birth, which we obviously couldn't do.
While I was recovering from my c-section & caring for our new child, my husband's school semester ended, and he immediately went out and found a full-time job. But he wasn't paid for two weeks, and by then, we'd already begun to receive threatening letters from our new landlord. So thanks to this perfect storm of events, we're down to one income until I return to work, we're a month behind on rent, and every month. And now, after everything, our landlord has told us that if we're not totally caught up by the end of September, he's going to evict us.
I thought my husband and I were being really responsible. We had savings, we had renters insurance, we had health insurance, and we were doing great. Now, thanks to this chain of events, within the span of three months, we've gone to doing fine to being on the verge of homelessness. So I'm asking Modest Needs to stop this chain of events and help us catch up on our rent. I'll be back to work next month either at my old job or a new one, and from that point, we'll be able to take care of ourselves again.
Thank you so much for thinking of us and helping us if you can. I never thought I'd be in this position, but its changed how I see poverty in the United States, and whether you can help or not, I will definitely back to help others. No one deserves this, no matter what. Thank you for reading and for helping if you can.
As of 2019-09-29, this application has been fully funded!
This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.