Full Time Working Single Mom Gets Her First Apartment, With Help From Extended Family
Woodland Hills, CA – January 17, 2013 – Marlene Sarni is a hardworking 26 year old single mother of two who deserved a break. She has worked for the past few years as a medical assistant / office manager. Marlene has two children, Jacob age 7 and Angelina age 2 who she currently raises entirely on her own. There is no father figure in her children’s lives and no place to call home. Although she was able to find some apartments where she could afford the rent, Marlene was unable to afford the security deposit, first months rent, furniture, groceries, supplies, etc. all at once. So, Marlene and her kids were continually in an unstable environment and relegated to sleeping at the homes of friends and family. Every day was a battle.
Fortunately for Marlene, she found an organization called Extended Family that was able to help. After a long search, Marlene finally found an apartment for her and her children. Mark Carmer of Extended Family and Samira Amirzadegan of Chase Bank presented Marlene with a cashier’s check payable to her new landlord. The check paid for her security deposit along with a few months rent to allow her to get on her feet. So, for the first time in her life, Marlene now has her own place to live and her family now has a place to call home.
After receiving assistance from Extended Family Charity Marlene Sarni wrote:
“First off, words can’t even describe how I woke up feeling today. To be able to open my eyes and get out of bed and just feel secure in my own place has to be one of the most amazing feelings I've ever felt, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Extended Family. You guys are truly a blessing and I thank God every day that I found you to help me get on my feet. I go to work full time and raise a 7 and 2 year old on my own and no matter how hard I work I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. Then I found Extended Family one night just randomly searching for assistance online and soon after I was being called and offered help. It was a long and hard search for me to find a place for me and the kids to live but timing couldn’t have been any better. Thank you guys so much for getting my kids and I in to a home where we can call our own. Not only do I have a smile on my face but there’s a smile on my heart and that smile was made possible by you guys:)♥ Lastly, what I find truly amazing about this wonderful organization is not the amount of assistance they offer or help you with, but the amount of care and concern they show you to make you feel like everything is going to be ok:) and at the end of all this struggle and stress I have dealt with for myself and my children, finally I feel like that’s exactly how I feel....everything is finally o.k. Thank you Extended Family, I don’t know what i would have done without you guys!!!
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, marketing or any other expense not directly related to assisting a family in need.”
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:
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