Because we feel it is important that you know how and where your donations to Helping Hands are spent, here is what was done during the past two weeks:
Electricity 7 families $ 1,640.44; Water 3 families $ 722.41; Rent 46 families $46,504.65; Transportation 1 family $ 180.00; Medical 1 family $ 304.39; Food Pantry $785.11... TOTAL $50,137.00
We were asked a few weeks ago if the people we helped every paid us back. While the person who asked the question knew that we never asked for remuneration, he wondered if people ever tried to “return the favor.”
While at the time the question caught us off guard, and while we knew that yes, the people we helped did oftentimes try to return the help, the question caused us to pay more careful attention to the actual everyday workings of Helping Hands.
Gas 1 family $ 104.82
Water 5 families $ 1,770.70
Rent 17 families $20,313,37
Medica l 7 families $ 2,677.75
Several months ago we alerted you to two “scams” that have been going on in Midland. One, of course, is the group of men who hold cardboard signs at various intersections in the city with the plea “will work for food” or “homeless…I need a job”. We say this is a scam because not only is there basically zero unemployment in Midland right now, but also we have witnessed the changing of the shifts, where a man smoking a cigarette and drinking a gigantic soft drink from a convenience store approaches the man “on duty” and takes the sign away from him and positions himself for the next shift. The man is driven to the location and dropped off. Should anyone offer a job, a can of food, or anything other than money they are treated with disdain. Big money. Big business. Big predators.
Some of the rent situations we assisted with this past week:
A 49-year-old man slipped and fell at home, severely fracturing his ankle. He has no insurance and has been unable to pay his bills for the past month. He used his 401K to pay his bills last month and some of his medical bills, but the money was soon depleted. His daughter and son-in-law are helping out as much as they are able however they struggle to pay their own bills. Since it will be some time before this man is able to return to work, we paid his rent for two months, and referred him to other agencies in town that can help should he still be out of work in July.
A couple in their 50’s moved here recently from Kansas. They both quickly found work however it will be a few weeks before either of them receives a paycheck. Their money was quickly used up on motels, and they were living in a tent. Luckily they ran into a man in a Laundromat who had just had a vacancy in a travel trailer that he owned. The couple called us and we were delighted to be able to help. This couple should have no trouble making payments as soon as their checks start coming in, and we welcome them to Midland. We certainly need them as part of Midland’s workforce.
A single mother with two young children owns her home (it was left to her by her parents), however the house developed a severe mold problem which caused ongoing sickness with her children. The family had to vacate the house for two weeks while the work was done. Being a single mom raising two small children, she was barely able to pay daycare, utilities, put food on the table and pay for the home repairs. Handling temporary housing was something she simply could not afford on top of everything else. We placed mom and children in a motel for the two-week period
A single mother recently lost her young child. The death was unexpected and her grief is intense. The manager of her apartment complex came to us pleading on behalf of the woman. The manager could not bear to confront this woman with rent being due when she had problems that were so much greater, including burying her child. We applaud the manager for caring enough to come to us. We gladly paid the mother’s rent. We pray that she has the strength to get through the pain and grief that she is suffering right now. We hope you will pray for her as well
Most of the rent cases that we assist with are either medical in nature, or arise out of real emergency situations such as living in tents or sleeping in cars. We wish we could report on each one of the people we help, as each case is unique and shows just how varied the legitimate needs are in Midland right now. We will continue to do our best to provide housing for as many of these legitimate needs as we can. We wish we could take care of them all. We thank you for your ongoing support of Helping Hands that makes it possible for us to
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Midland, Tx 79703
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