Extended Family Assisting Single Parent Families In Financial Need

Melissa Nye was rewarded by Extended Family® in October of 2012 and recently sent us an email to update us on her life:

Melissa Nye with her daughter AzraelDear Mark,

I wanted to thank you and your charity again for the grant money from Extended Family. It has been such a wonderful blessing and gave me a great peace of mind when it was most needed. I wanted to send you a letter explaining what all I’ve used the money for and let you know how we are doing now, over a year later.

The money definitely helped me pay off my outstanding bills and get clothes things for Azrael that she needed. I also paid for a couple things that we needed, then I saved the rest of the money and used it for my monthly bills and babysitting throughout the last year. This gift from you was immensely helpful and Azrael and I are so appreciative that we received this from you. I didn’t have to worry about putting off bills each month for the last year or not paying the babysitter so I could pay bills. Thank you SOOO much! Some of the things I did with the money were:

1.      I opened a savings account for Azrael and put several hundred dollars away for her. Since then, I’ve been able to save over $1,000 in her own savings account.

2.      I paid outstanding bills to the babysitter, counseling services, rent/utilities to my grandmother, and my car insurance for 2013.

3.      I went to Goodwill, Wal-mart, and Beanstalk and Co. (a second hand baby and kids store) for Azrael and got clothes, shoes, a snow suit and snow gloves, new sippy cups, silverware, and socks. Throughout the last year, I was able to buy clothes and necessities for Azrael as they were needed.

4.      I got myself new glasses and contacts as my prescriptions were old and I could no longer see as well out of either my glasses or contacts. I hadn’t been to the eye doctor in about three years so it’s definitely nice being able to see completely clear!

5.      I bought textbooks for my master’s courses and paid course fees. 

6.      I put the rest of the money in the bank to use as needed for paying monthly bills and for daycare.

What’s going on now and other updates:

The money you gave lasted just in time for my tax return. I also finally started getting child support this past year since he finally found and kept a decent job (for now). The car I leased with my ex ended up getting repossessed in January and I’ve been working with a lawyer on that. When I got my tax return, I got a new used car with the help of the car lot’s deal to take my old car for $1,000, some money from my mom and a small loan. But that car ended up only lasting me a few months and then blew a head gasket. My ex ended up buying me a car to drive (surprise). But I am afraid to keep it in case he uses it against me for any reason.

I received a promotion at work which came with a small raise and better hours. That allowed me to find a cheaper babysitter and save some money for bills and other things. I was also able to come off of WIC assistance as I no longer needed it. I am still living in my grandma’s house; she passed away this past July and my mom owns the house so needs me to stay here for a little while. I am still renting out my Victorian house. Azrael is 2 years old now and just such a joy and a happy little girl. I should be finishing my Master’s degree this coming May.

Your charity helped get me on track and keep my head above water when I needed it most. If it wasn’t for your help, I might not have been able to get to the secure place I am now. Things are going well for me now and there are positive things in our future. Again, thank you SOO much and one of these days, I plan to help support your charity when I have more financial stability.

(I also just received your Christmas card after I tried sending this the first time. Thank you!) 

Melissa and Azrael


MEDIA RELEASE                            For Further Information:
For Release: October 2, 2012            Mark Carmer, 818-936-2614

Single Mom Denied Assistance Because She Works - Gets Help From Extended Family
Melissa Nye and Azrael

Woodland Hills, CA – October 2, 2012 – Melissa Nye is the hardworking single mother of a one year old daughter.  She works as an administrative assistant in the graduate admissions department at Heidelberg University.  She is also trying to better the life for herself and her daughter, Azrael, by pursuing a Master’s degree in Education.  Melissa has had to be a student, work and to raise her child on her own.  This is a difficult situation for anyone, but when you are a young mom, who is not earning enough to cover all her expenses, it’s almost impossible to do on your own. 

It became too much for Melissa to handle on her own, so she tried to get assistance.  She told Extended Family, “I have applied for everything I can, but am denied… The only things I am able to get are Medicaid and WIC for my daughter, but I’m not sure how long that will last.”  Melissa didn’t know where to turn and she said “I about cried when I was directed to your website [www.ExtendedFamily.org] and read what you do… I felt like your website described me when I read about the people you help.”  She was right; Extended Family is a charitable organization that helps single parents who work hard and setting the right example for their children – just like Melissa Nye.

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 expenses whatsoever that are not directly related to assisting a family in need.”

Thanks to Extended Family, the future is a little brighter for Melissa Nye and her daughter Azrael.  Extended Family agreed to give a grant to Melissa.  The grant was to assist with school expenses (books, supplies, etc.), enable her to pay past due bills, pay for car repairs and expenses, childcare, clothes and necessities for her daughter.  Extended Family hopes that this helps to relieve some stress, lesson the burden, and will allow her to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


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 .


Extended Family Rewards Single Working Mom Melissa Nye

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