MESH continues to help those in need.
Isaiah, his Wife and 6 Children
Isaiah and his spouse both lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and became homeless. They received support from their faith community. It’s difficult to find affordable housing, especially for a large family. But a partially subsidized home was identified by the county. Unfortunately, due to their unemployment, certain financial obligations needed to be resolved before they could qualify.
This was a unique request to MESH. But based upon a recommendation from ASSIST and another organization, as well as a meeting with the family which left a “good feeling” about the character and work ethic of both Dad and Mom, MESH made a decision to help the family retire certain debts.
The family moved into their new home. Within a few days, Isaiah had secured a new job with a stable company and his wife was out looking.
Barbara and Her Children
A mother and her 3 children found refuge at the Betty Griffin House.
She was self-employed as a contractor for the federal government, but her work required her to have secure internet access, something that was not available to her at Betty Griffin.
Betty Griffin staff found her a small office. However, first and last month’s rent plus a key deposit was required. No funding source could be found within the time requirement needed to the secure the office.
Betty Griffin staff contacted MESH, which agreed to provide the needed funds. Mom was able to continue her employment.
Ronald, Sharon and their Children
A year previous, a family with three children was homeless. With the help of St John’s County School’s ASSIST program and others, an apartment was found.
Recently, mom lost her job. The family fell behind two month’s rent and faced receiving an eviction notice.
MESH was contacted by ASSIST for possible assistance.
A qualified MESH board member met with the family. Bank statements, income and expenses were reviewed. The board member was impressed both with the family’s financial discipline and with Mom and Dad as individuals. Most importantly, it appeared that optimism for Mom resolving her employment situation was present.
MESH agreed to cover half of the back rent, provided funding for the remainder could be found. Our board member engaged the county, seeking collaboration on a solution.
Response was favorable, but time was needed to obtain approvals. Unfortunately, if the eviction notice was given, regulations would not allow the county to assist any longer. Time was of the essence.
One day before the eviction notice was to be delivered, and contingent upon an agreement that eviction would be delayed while the county completed its approval process, MESH delivered a check for half the owed rent to the landlord.
The county review was favorable, and the family remains in its home.
To Whom –
Thank you so much for helping me by funding my year in Winterguard. It means so much to me to be apart of my team.
And to be able to go on the end of the year field trip with my classmates is going to be so much fun.
Thank you again for your support to have the opportunity to do things that I wouldn’t get to do.