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Homeless Single Mother of a 7 year old daughter

Organized by: debra Julien

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Matosha McLendon and her 7 year old  daughter, Ma Lea are going through some really tough times. Matosha is a hard working single Mother who is a kind decent individual strong in her faith. The perfect example of someone who through no fault of their own has found themselves down on their luck to say the least. A few months ago Matosha had saved up just enough money to move her and her daughter out into a place of their own. Matosha and her daughter had temporarily been staying with family members since the home she was renting was foreclosed on.  Matosha had no idea that her landlord was not paying the mortgage with the money she paid her in rent every month. Her landlord never told her there was an issue at all.  It wasn't until the water was shut off that any thing was brought to Matosha's attention as being wrong.  Her landlord was responsible for the water bill each month.  When Matosha's water was turned off she tried reaching her landlord and that is when the unspeakable acts began unraveling.   The water bill had not been paid in a while, her landlord was no where to be found and the house was in foreclosure.  Matosha had to move immediately without any notice.  That is why she and her daughter were having to stay with family members. It was not long after that Matosha was faced with another obstacle.  While driving,  Matosha and her daughter were struck by another vehicle. Thankfully, neither one of them were seriously injured. However, Matosha's car was totaled. Matosha works full time and her daily commute one way is over an hour's drive. Matosha could not go without a car because she needed her job. Public transportation was out of the question with such a distance to travel while having to be the sole caretaker for her daughter. Matosha was forced to spend the money she had saved on another car. Shortly thereafter, her living arrangements went upside down and without any notice she and her daughter were on the streets with no where to go. The few belongs she had like her daughter's bed were being threatened to be put to the curb within 24 hours. Matosha is a strong get up and do what you got to do person who doesn't ask for help. She single handedly moved her special and important possessions to a storage unit. That obviously put further financial burden on an already impossible situation. Additionally, the only place Matosha could afford to keep shelter was and currently still is a very unsanitary motel that no one would ever want to have to call home. There is no kitchen so eating out is costly as well as having to wash clothes at a laundromat. Matosha's daughter cries herself to sleep every night because she is afraid and worries about her Mommy. Many days Matosha's does not have enough money for food or for gas she needs to get back and forth from work each day. I am a Mother and I cannot begin to imagine the anguish Matosha is feeling. It breaks my heart to see her tears run down her face as she says, "My daughter does not deserve this." If things could not possibly get any worse for this family..... while school aged children all over were starting their first days of the new school year, Matosha's daughter was not able to go to school for the first two weeks because she did not have the clothes, shoes or supplies needed. Matosha has taken advances at work to help her when she needed more money, however, that comes later as a very small pay check. It is helpful in the immediate time but she found herself even in worse shape with less to have to last her later down the road. (Which in this case is just a matter of days maybe a week). She needs the money so she gets an advance today but then she needs it again soon after. The hole is just getting bigger and bigger. She needs help really bad to pay for necessary living expenses and to help her get moved into a real place she and her daughter can call home. No donation is too small. Any little bit will help and will make a difference for this family of 2.  A co-worker and I recently helped Matosha with some extra money for gas and food.  it wasn't a lot, but it felt good knowing it was going to help.  Matosha was so appreciative and overjoyed with tears. They will be so grateful to you all and I know if she could help someone in need she would. Please keep Matosha and her daughter in your prayers. God bless you all.


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