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Standing In The Gap

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There are many young families that need assistance until they can get good paying jobs, get food stamps, better education and other services, that don't get into the non-profit organizations/services right away due to time in getting a birth certificate for their new born, getting social security number for the baby, then filing for food stamps. It can take months on end following the birth of a child. A lot of times I find these very young mother's and the father doesn't step up and take responsibility and their families kick them out of their home. But the babies are the one's that suffer the sins of the mother. I believe a baby is a precious gift from God no matter how she/he comes into this world. These young families end up on the streets, homeless, without shelter, food, clothes, basic needs that so many of us take for granted. I step in and provide guidance, instill hope, connect them to a church family for on-going support and transport them around to the different services. I have network on Facebook where I contact my friends and send out requests for assistance. But I only request that they send gift certificates to grocery stores, Wal-Mart, and get a list of other specific needs at their request. Even though they could use some cash you have to be very careful in this and set boundaries through other foundations that can provide the monetary needs and limits from a legal standpoint. But a $5, $10, or $20 dollar bill once in a while goes along way. I just bought baby formula the other night for a couple that I am currently working with and it cost over $13 and I couldn't sleep until I got back to them with the formula from the store. The father wasn't going to get paid for two days, and the mother hadn't eaten all day, so I left them with $10 cash out of my own pocket. The father can only find a job as a dishwasher for less than $200 a week and walks up to 10 miles one way to work each evening. But at least he is trying to take care of the mother of his baby. Standing in the gap, means until they can get on their own feet and move forward and get the social services that are needed to see them through. I help provide getting them food, clothes and any other items in the meantime.

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