Client Stories: Myla

Little Myla isn't even a year old, but she knows the warmth of community first hand.  Over the past 6 months, you have reached out to her, her mother, and her grandmother with life-changing assistance just when it was needed most.

Her grandmother, Muriel, had been scraping together multiple part-time gigs to keep the mortgage paid and the family fed for nearly a year when Myla arrived prematurely this summer. 

With 5 children at home, she wasn't ready to become a grandmother.  But she was determined that Myla's mother, 16-year-old Kyra, would finish high school.  So, Muriel reached out to her school's Communities in Schools representative for help. While they focused on helping Kyra manage school commitments along with motherhood, Muriel got connected to Crisis Assistance Ministry for help with the family's daunting financial situation.

Even with some of the children working, their income didn't come close to what Muriel used to bring home at her last full-time job.  Bills piled up. The power was disconnected and the water would soon be off too. And now there was a beautiful baby girl waiting to come home.  That's when you stepped in with emergency payments to restore power and water so the family could stay together, safe in their own home, while they worked through the financial crisis.

In August, Muriel found a new, full-time job, but it will take time to regain their financial footing after a year of challenges. This winter, the family was able to receive warm coats (free-of-charge), so more of her income can go toward utilities, food, and other essentials. Next month, Muriel will begin working one-on-one with a Crisis Assistance Ministry caseworker to develop an action plan that will enable the family to move away from the crisis and begin rebuilding financial stability for themselves.  The ultimate goal: economic mobility, for little Myla, for Myla's teenage mother, and for the whole family.

"It's a miracle that you were there when we really needed someone to help us through," says Muriel, who often gets on the bus before 5 a.m., works eight to nine hours cooking in a hotel kitchen, and arrives home after 3 p.m. to get supper started for the family.  "We'll make it through somehow, but we might not have without your help.  Thank you."

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