Single father of three preschool-aged children and originally from Kentucky came into SMARM for assistance. The children’s mother recently just “left us”, he reported. Reported that he was forced to quit his job after 1 year due to no childcare. Says he had a “good job” that “I loved” and just had to stay home and keep children. His family support all lives in Kentucky and after much consideration, he decided it was best for him and the children to return there.
SMARM was able to fill up his vehicle with gasoline, give him gift cards for more gas if necessary and provide snacks for the road-trip home. This father was clearly more hopeful upon leaving our office than when he came in!
A 38 year old mother of 2 children came in requesting assistance for her rent. She had been out of work for 2 months. She had worked in a mobile healthcare unit for a “friend” for over 9 years and had worked above and beyond full-time. She was being stretched and taken advantage of in ways that extended way beyond her job duties and was forced to make the tough decision to quit after her friend and supervisor became angry about her children’s middle school enrollment (thinking transportation issues would cut into work hours). While looking for employment, she became delinquent on rent since her child support would not cover all of her bills. SMARM was able to help with a portion of her rent and keep her in her and her children in their current housing.
A single mother of an 11 year old came in for assistance with an electric deposit. The deposit was $325.00. She was moving from Gatlinburg, (where her rent had only been $475) to Kodak (where her rent would be $575), due to being evicted for getting behind 1 month in rent. She had lived at the same place for 4 years. She had held employment at the same place for over 4 years. She had already paid the apartment deposit and rent. SMARM was able to assist with the deposit that would allow her electricity to be turned on that very day.
A couple with an infant and a toddler were behind financially when the baby was born. They missed paycheck shows us how many people are living on the edge. Just a small hand-up and the couple was settled in again. The good thing about many of these couples is their resiliency and their ability to get back on track quickly.
Another unexpected hospitalization kept a single lady from paying her rent. She has a track record of work but no savings or excess funds. SMARM paid a portion of her rent and she felt all would be well in a few days since she was back at work.
A mother, father, a teenager, and two adult children were struggling to pay an electric bill. The only working person was the father and the reason they were behind was he had recent surgery and was out of work two weeks. What a wake-up call that should be if the children aren’t contributing to support the family. After our conversation with mom we reluctantly agreed to pay a portion of the past-due bill.
A recently widowed mother and her two children requested assistance to pay a delinquent electric bill. The tragic part of the request is that the death of her young husband was just
a few days ago and everything is an emergency. We paid her electric bill and offered encouragement to a young mother who had this unexpected tragedy. Her exclamation was she couldn’t believe she was a widow at age thirty-four with two small children,.
what a loss.
A mother with two small children and an ailing mother needing assistance to pay an electric deposit. The father of the children left in early spring and the grandmother moved in to help with expenses and childcare. The grandmother, even-though with ailments, is working. The husband had been the provider of expenses but no more and
the family was having to relocate and having to provide all deposits for the new residence. SMARM provided the electric deposit she asked for.
The economic problems of declining jobs hits everywhere but especially hard in the resort type markets. We had a lady who returned from another state to seek employment in our area. Since she had lived here before she was successful an obtained a job in just a day or two. However the restaurant has cut her hours but hopefully will increase them with the upcoming rod runs. She had been living out West and the casino where she worked changed owners and everyone was terminated. Similar to the thousands laid
off in the Atlantic City casinos Labor Day. We helped to pay her rent as requested.