Extended Family® Charity Rewards Single Mom in Santa Clarita Valley
Santa Clarita Valley, California – February 5, 2014 – Jacqeline is a single mom, living in the Santa Clarita Valley with her teenage daughter Kayla. Jackie and Kayla have received very little financial help from Kayla’s dad since he left in 2010. Working as a limousine driver offers Jackie the advantage of choosing her “crazy” hours in order to give her the time needed to devote to Kayla before and after school. Living paycheck to paycheck as a limo driver does not however provide enough income to cover the emergencies that have a way of popping up when least expected.
In January of 2012 Kayla suffered a serious foot injury requiring medical specialists and surgery. Jackie did not have medical insurance and was denied by Medi-Cal. The cost of Kayla’s surgery had to come out of an income that was already stretched beyond capacity. Following the surgery, during Kayla’s recovery, Jackie had to take time off work to care of her daughter, which meant a short paycheck during a time when they could least afford it.
Later in the year, as Kayla was recovering, Jackie and Kayla were faced with the tragic accidental death of Jackie’s father. He had always been Jackie’s support system and her biggest cheerleader. His loss was a tremendous blow to both Jackie and Kayla. Attending her father’s funeral out of state put a further strain on Jackie’s already bleak financial situation. As Jackie said “we were able to attend his funeral at the expense of falling further behind financially.”
Looking eviction in the face Jackie heard about Extended Family® (www.ExtendedFamily.org) and, in desperation, applied for assistance. 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 also stated that “100% of donations received by Extended Family® go directly towards assisting single parent families. No donation money is ever used to pay for the cost of offices, phones, supplies, postage, administrative costs, marketing costs or any other expense not directly related to assisting a family in need.”
After a volunteer from Extended Family® spoke to Jackie, her references, friends and employer, it became obvious that Jackie had found the right place. With the help of Extended Family® Jackie was able to rent a home, pay a few pressing bills and take a breath knowing they were not alone – that they have family there for them – Extended Family®.
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 us at 818-937-3766 or at Donate@ExtendedFamily.org.
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