A gentleman from Waukegan approached our organization in March, hoping against hope that St. Vincent de Paul could be the answer to his anxiety-filled prayers. His wife had walked out on him and their two children (aged 2 and 7) at the end of October. The family had been living solely on social security income (SSI). Since all the income was directly deposited into the mother’s bank account, she had not only deserted her family but she also took all the family money with her, leaving her husband unable to make any of the monthly payments, including rent and utilities. The gentleman arranged to get his and his son’s SSI changed over be deposited to his bank account at the beginning of January. Around the same time, although the leasing office manager of his home rental was very sympathetic to this family’s situation, she was required to present him with a five-day eviction notice and gave him a generous eight weeks to come up with the rent owed.
By the time the man reached out to SVDP his eviction was imminent and the man was desperate to prevent further turbulence in his children’s lives. Right away one of our volunteers called the leasing office manager to inform her that we wanted to possibly provide financial assistance for this man and we needed to know what amount they were agreeable to accept to put an end to the eviction proceedings. Even though the manager was willing to dismiss the late charges incurred, the amount owed was still much higher than our SVDP “comfortable” limit for a single client. Since our group was so passionate about wanting to help this struggling family, we reached out to the good folks at the St. Patrick’s Good Samaritan Fund (in Wadsworth) to see if they’d be able to assist us. They happily agreed to co-partner with us to make this life-altering difference for this family, enabling them to remain in the family home they have been living in for five years now. You can only imagine the relief we were able to provide with our “good news”.
It is through the intercession of the Holy Spirit’s guidance, our persistent prayers, and, of course, the parishioners’ donations that we are able to help so many suffering people in our community. God bless!
If you know someone who is struggling financially, have them reach out to us by leaving a message at our SVDP phone (847)347-0832.
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