A woman was part of State Employee layoffs. She is a single-again mother with 2 teenagers at home, and a grandchild on the way.
After using all her savings, and being without work for months, she was forced to settle for a job without benefits and barely able to pay the bills. The job market is tight after so many layoffs. All you can do is pray nothing goes wrong. But things did go wrong – everything! She found herself at her wits-end. The paychecks didn’t cover the basic needs, her ex-husband stopped paying child support, she was behind on the rent, her car died on the way to work, her daughter’s car had an electrical problem, there was no food in the house, and finally she was served an eviction notice.
Now what? “I’ve never been in this position before, and we don’t know what to do, or where to turn.”
Fortunately, her sister knows Teams Together, who called to see if we knew of anyone who could help. After assessing the immediate needs, we made some calls.
We were able to provide specific assistance for her needs, deliver boxes of food, as well as get an interview for a “cross-training program” for laid off workers getting back into the job market.
She can be trained in a career where she will get benefits, provide for her family, and not worry about survival.
“It was so overwhelming, I couldn’t even think of what to do. THANK YOU for giving me direction and helping me through the dark hours!” Now, she sees daylight.
Family in Need
Teams Together had the amazing privilege of helping with a micro-enterprise business. A family had come face to face with serious medical issues impeding their ability to work outside the home. While in recovery from a series of operations, they began researching a business that they could do at home to help support the family. With strong background in business, they were good candidates for our help. With the majority of their savings going toward the family’s living expenses and additional medical expenses, the start-up costs were out of reach.
Through our employment assistance and re-training project, Teams Together provided this motivated entrepreneur with software tools. Now they were off to a strong start with the help from a marketing strategist affiliated with Teams Together, and is in the initial stages of building a dynamic small business while continuing medical treatments. We were motivated to give a hand-up to a family in need and see them prosper.