Recently, members of CBF and TCSOA received the following letter from a concern staff member at a local elementary school. In no time at all they sprang into action and began collecting needed items for the family. Together, they were able to nearly furnish the entire house and provide badly needed items to the family and recreational items to the children. Thank you to all those who participated by donating their time and items selflessly to the community. Your efforts were overwhelmingly appreciated.
Friends and Family, 10/9/14
I have a student in my classroom that is homeless at the moment. Her and her mother and brother have been living in their car for a couple of weeks now. Our district recently has found an organization that has paid for the family to stay in a hotel for the past couple of days. The family does have a section 8 voucher and is awaiting a place of their own. Because the section 8 efficiency housing is 99.9 full, this is why she has no place to stay. Two days ago, Ms. C.... informed me that she found a landlord that would rent to her and she did in fact sign the lease. Unfortunately, yesterday Ms. C.... told me that the apartment did not pass inspection and that the landlord would have to fix some minor things in order to schedule another inspection. This setback is extremely stressful for my student’s mother being that she is a single mother who is giving birth to her 3rd child next month. Not knowing where she and her two children are going to sleep every night is extremely overwhelming for her. As of now, we are waiting for her apartment to pass inspection so she can finally have a home for her and her children. I ask that you look around your house and find any furniture or household items that you can do without. Ms. C.... and her family have nothing but a few clothes and a rundown vehicle that they spend most of their time in. Anything you have, they will gratefully take. Another concern I have with this family is that the mother is 8 months pregnant and is not able to go to appointments for her baby. She doesn’t have the time or means to make her appointments. I’m hoping that she has a place to stay before she gives birth to her baby. When I went to go visit my student and her family in the hotel they were staying in, her mother asked if I had any plates and/or silverware that I was looking to get rid of. I was saddened to find that the family of 3 were all sharing the same fork and an HEB deli bowl to eat cereal out of. I went to Walmart and bought them a couple of essentials that could last them for the time being. I also filled up her tank with gas so that she could get around. I know that this is just one of the many families in need, but being that this student is so near and dear to my heart, I wanted to ask my family for support because I know how giving and gracious you all are. After everything we did for the previous family we all helped, I know that we can come together to help this one as well. Here is a little bit of information about the family…
The family, as well as myself will appreciate anything you can give. They mostly need house hold items such as a microwave, pots or pans, silverware, cups, plates, blankets, pillows, mattresses, a table, chairs, trashcans, bathroom items. Anything that someone might use on a daily basis, they’ll take it. When I get the address to the apartment, I’ll send it to you. Again, I don’t know if the apartment comes with a fridge or stove but I will find that out too. I ask that you remember we’re not asking you to go buy these things; she will appreciate anything, in any condition. Thanks again for your time. Let me know if you have any questions.
Concerned Kinder Teacher