Client Stories: Kisha and her girls are safe and sheltered with your help

"People who haven't even seen my face made sure that my children never had to spend a night in the dark wondering where they might sleep the next day."

When Kisha first came to Crisis Assistance Ministry for help, her power was scheduled to be disconnected that day. She had just recovered from a difficult pregnancy during which her husband was unexpectedly incarcerated. Kisha was back at work, but just couldn’t get caught up on her bills after all the lost income. She was also scared and overwhelmed at the prospect of supporting her three children on her own, especially since her new daughter had developmental disabilities.

An emergency payment to the power company stopped the disconnection that day, but Kisha needed a little bit more help to navigate the challenges she faced. She began to meet regularly with a caseworker to create a plan to get back to stability. Together, they put together a workable budget, learned to negotiate with her creditors, and located a more affordable place to live. Her caseworker also connected her to special needs services for her daughter and to childcare assistance for all three girls. When Kisha shared that they had little furniture and no beds for the girls, your generosity made it possible for her to visit the Furniture Bank for essentials including beds and a table and chairs for a family meal.

Kisha is just so grateful. She says:
People who haven’t even seen my face made sure that my children never had to spend a night in the dark wondering where they might sleep the next day. You helped me start over with beds for my children and a lot of tools I can use to keep the family together. Now I know I can do it. Thank you isn’t really enough for something like that. I call you my Angels – ‘Angels to Strangers’ like me and my girls.

On behalf of Kisha and her babies, and so many other families represented by their story, thank you for being angels to families with nowhere else to turn.

 

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