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For Release: September 5, 2012                           Mark Carmer, 818-936-2614

Single Mom of Three Gets Help From Extended Family

Woodland Hills, CA – September 5, 2012 – Alex Vasquez is the hardworking single mother of three amazing children (11 year old twins and a five year old son).  The children’s father has not really been a part of their lives (physically or financially) since September of 2007, so Alex has had to raise their children on her own.  This is a difficult situation for anyone, but when you start as teenage mom, with limited education and little or no income, it’s almost impossible to do on your own.

Alex Vasquez is doing whatever she can to improve the life for her and her children.  She went back to school in 2009 to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Social and Criminal Justice.  She works as a customer care representative at a call center.  Her hours at work have been reduced and Alexis was unable to pay for her last semester of school and can no longer afford to go at all.  She fell behind on the daycare payments and her children could no longer go to the daycare facility until the balance was paid.  In March of this year, she was forced to leave her apartment of four years and move in with her mom and aunt. School was starting and Alex had no money for the clothes or school supplies her children needed.  Fortunately for Alexis, she found an organization called Extended Family that was able to assist her.

According to Mark Carmer, the founder of Extended Family, “we assist those single parents who are employed and working hard for their families, but find it’s still not enough.  Our current government programs are not designed to provide aid to those who are trying to better themselves. Single parents, who are employed in an effort to improve the lives of their children, often fail to qualify for government or charitable assistance because they are earning an income.  Extended Family believes these are the people who should be supported the most.  We believe in helping those who are alone and working hard to help their family.  Being a good single parent is tough enough, but being a good single parent with limited financial resources and little or no support from family or friends is almost impossible. Extended Family tries to make it a little easier.”  Mark Carmer also stated that “100% of donations received by Extended Family go directly towards assisting single parent families. No donation money is used for the cost of offices, phones, supplies, postage, administrative costs or any other expense not directly related to assisting a family in need.”

Thanks to Extended Family, the future is a little brighter for Alex Vasquez and her children.  Extended Family gave her some spending money for new clothes, school supplies and daycare expenses, paid off the balance on her credit card and paid the past due balance owed to her school.  Extended Family also agreed to assist with future school tuition, so she can hopefully continue her education and improve the quality of life for herself and her children.

For more information about Extended Family and/or to make a tax deductible donation, so this 501(c)(3) organization can help more families, go to:
www.ExtendedFamily.org or contact Mark Carmer at 818-936-2614 or at MCarmer@ExtendedFamily.org .


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