The time has come: this past year has been difficult | Local news

Sal Dimiceli

This past year has been one of the most difficult for my family. Our son was born prematurely last May with many health problems. After a difficult pregnancy that put me in bed and in the hospital for three months, it still arrived four weeks early. My husband and I had planned to return to work after my maternity leave, but that was not the case because I had to give up my job when I went to the hospital.

After six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, he finally made it home, but suffered many setbacks that brought him back to the hospital three more times. Our little baby has endured so much and is finally doing a lot better but still needs 24 hour care. My husband missing so much work, in addition to my loss of income, has made us fall behind on our rent and our costs. public services. We have reduced to the maximum.

I abandoned my car when we could no longer make the payments. We eat as economically as possible. Our landlord was patient, but now he wants us to update our rent or he won’t renew our lease. There is no way to do it even if we are hungry and not paying any of our other bills. The last thing I thought we would experience would be eviction. My husband and I are both hard workers and always take pride in paying our bills and being responsible adults. We don’t have a family who can help us. Living with this fear affects us all.

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I often mention the fear and pains of poverty. Living in constant fear of eviction, homelessness and hunger is a pain of poverty. It’s stressful and unhealthy and everyone in a family will feel this fear. Given the circumstances of an infant with special needs in mind, I knew this family needed our help to prevent an eviction and bring them up to date.

I called the mother and she answered right away. It seemed calm as I asked if this would be a good time to talk. The mother said it was the perfect time while her son was napping. We got down to business on my list of questions because we didn’t want to waste a minute of his nap.

The mother provided more details about her difficult pregnancy and the status of their bills at that time. She and her husband had worked full time until then and all of their bills were up to date. They didn’t have much savings and it had quickly faded between hospital bills and lost income. We went through their entire financial timeline and saw how their bills were getting further and further behind before they even had a chance to make many changes to their budget. They now had a very modest budget, but it was too late to catch up.

We spoke about the traumatic birth of her son and the mother cried as she shared her fear of losing him repeatedly over the next few days. She said, “The only thing that got me through these dark days was my faith and my constant prayer. We shared how our faith has brought us through many troubling times, especially when you have a child with a life-threatening illness or disability.

With our help to pay their past due rent and utilities, and to pay off the small remaining balance on her husband’s car loan, their budget would be balanced in the future. We’ve included gift cards for food, diapers, toiletries, and household items they did without. This extra help brought more tears of relief to this mother when I heard a baby start to cry in the background. Nap time was over, but before our call was over, the mother said, “I don’t know how I can thank you for this help. It means so much to my family. We quickly said our farewells with hearts full of gratitude for all of you and for the poverty relief you make possible.

With a new year upon us, we look to 2021 with gratitude for what we have accomplished together. So many of our fellow creators who would have dispensed with their basic needs, who lived in constant fear and pain of poverty, received blessed relief because of “You”. We enter the New Year ready to continue our good works together. Thank you “you” and God bless you for your attention and sharing.

Health and happiness, love and God bless everyone, Sal

Please help: There are many who come to us in desperation. Our good creative companions need our compassion. Together we are making a big difference. Make checks payable to: The Time Is Now to Help, PO Box 1, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501 © 3 charitable organization licensed in the States of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax-deductible, detailed Thank You Receipt showing how your donation has helped those living in poverty.

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