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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Time is Now: Scammers won't stop our mission

Send your donation to: The Time Is Now to Help, PO Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157

www.timeisnowtohelp.org

Editor's Note: The following is a letter to The Time Is Now, a private charity serving Walworth County. The founder, who knew poverty as a child, now provides help for those in need. Every penny donated goes to the needy for daily necessities of life. Donors will receive a tax-deductible itemized receipt showing exactly where every penny was spent. We'll publish a letter most weeks.

Dear Readers:

I received a letter from a single mother who needed help. The father was gone and the mother was left alone to raise their daughter with no support. I also received another letter from the landlord saying this same person needed help. When I finally caught up with them, I was very disappointed to find the mother using drugs. She was disoriented and abrasive.

I could see that the daughter was embarrassed, yet caring and helpful. Before I proceeded with my direct questions--because I knew it was possibly going to lead to confrontation--I determined they were in need of food and clothing. They were severely behind on their rent, on the verge of homelessness.

The mother told me she was on many different prescription medications and she had to take them for a multitude of reasons. I asked the mother, "Has the doctor that is giving you all of these medications seen you in this condition?" I asked.

She sat up and yelled, "What do you mean 'this condition,'?" she yelled. "What's the matter with me?"

"You are obviously overmedicated or on the wrong combination of medications," I said.

"What are you talking about?"

"How much do you care for yourself? How much do you care for your daughter?"

She went to jump up and almost fell over. She claimed she loved her daughter very much. As I looked around the worn, nearly condemned room they were in, I asked, "Are these the conditions you want the daughter you love living in?"

"I see what you are trying to do! You don't have to help us! You are not going to help us! We'll be fine without you!"

"Mom, please don't send him away," the daughter begged.

"Get out! We don't need your help!"

As I stood up slowly, taking as much time as I could, I proceeded to tell her exactly what I thought. I told her how her doctor would not allow her to be this overmedicated, especially knowing that she was the mother of a wonderful young daughter.

As I was talking she was pointing to the door, shouting, "Get out!"

"You need to pull yourself together and take care of yourself and your daughter. You are the adult here," I said as I slowly walked to the door.

I could see as I was talking to her that I was hitting home as she started crying. I have seen this other times when a person knows they are wrong, so when she again asked me to leave, I left knowing I set a seed in her mind to get herself together.

I came back the next day with food.

"I'm glad you came back," the daughter said. "I am so sorry about yesterday."

The mother was clearly better than the day before. She couldn't believe I had come back. I told her that I was there to help the daughter and that I wanted her to do the rest. I found she had a good job, but she was let go because of her overuse of prescription medications.

Follow-up

I received a letter from the daughter telling me how life has changed. Mom got herself together, got her old job back and again provided for herself and daughter. We gave food assistance, and clothing and other necessities to the daughter. We helped the mother with clothing for work, but other than that she needed to fend for herself.

Mom now comes to school events and hasn't been the same since that day when I first met them. They have been eating well and she thanks God that we stepped in and changed their life for the better.

I'm sharing this situation because I occasionally run into this. For every 10 requests for help, help is not given for one or sometimes two, because of laziness and people not wanting to help themselves--but we always help the children.

In most of the situations we come upon the people are truly living in despair, often facing their poverty alone. But we are there to give them hope. We come into their lives and we change things for the better.

When you donate to the Time Is Now, there are several things you expect. One is that every penny you donate goes to help the poverty-stricken. You can be assured that 100 percent of what you give is going to help those in need. Not one penny of your donation is used for overhead, salary, gas, office supplies, etc.

Every situation is screened and investigated to be sure there is a true need. If we answered every letter for help by the desperate nature of the letter writing, we would end up helping many people who did not truly need our help. For all the people we help, if one got through who didn't really need our help, wouldn't we still help all the others in desperate need?

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,

WC

A special thank you to: J.D. Development, MLH, Bill and Lois McEssy, Tom and Kathleen Murray, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Jay Ieronimo, Steve and Catherine Boho, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, Lake Geneva Lions Club, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Foundation, Rick and Juanita Coleman, Mark and Cynthia Brower, Jack and Barbara Rowe, Maurice and Carol Bunyan, Martin and Helen Drews, Francis and Nancy Beufort, Stewart and Carol Caulkins, Paul and Karen Miller, Scott and Leanne Riggs, Ruth Prezewoznik, Curtis and Georgia Bullock and Evelyn Wilseck.

J.D. Development $25,000 Matching Grant update: We are over halfway to our $25,000 matching grant goal. Every dollar you donate will be matched by the J.D. Development Matching Grant.

Endowments/helping others through your will: For those of you who wish to leave an endowment for the poverty-stricken, we would greatly accept any gifts.

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