Extended Family® Charity Gives Canoga Park Mom Something to Celebrate
In 2012 Lavonne had been working as a production specialist / researcher at Bank of America and living in an apartment in the San Fernando Valley. Her rent and bills were always paid on time. In January 2013, the birth of her daughter Amara was a time of joyous celebration for Lavonne and her family. Amara’s father is not a part of their lives and as Lavonne puts it, “I have been supporting my daughter financially all by myself since day one.” Lavonne is blessed with a loving family and wonderful friends who are there to provide emotional support, but are unable to provide financial assistance. Because Lavonne had not been at her current job with Bank of America for over twelve months when Amara was born, she received only partial pay during her maternity leave. Already living paycheck to paycheck, the loss of this income was financially devastating to Lavonne. With no government assistance available to her because she is employed full time, Lavonne found herself falling behind on rent. After doing everything she could on her own a neighbor of hers told her about an organization called Extended Family® that assists single parents and suggested she contact them. When she contacted Extended Family® she told a volunteer working on her application that she was “trying to make a fresh start in a less expensive apartment” and just couldn’t manage the first, last and security deposit required by the landlord without some help.
After receiving Lavonne’s application for assistance, Extended Family® contacted her references and employer to find all of them praise her. Through their words Extended Family® heard what a beautiful, hardworking, young woman, loving mother, and dear friend Lavonne is. Nina Kessler, a volunteer with Extended Family® said, “it was with pleasure that we were able to help Lavonne and Amara move into their new and more affordable apartment and we are proud to call them a part of our Extended Family.”
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