Extended Family Assisting Single Parent Families In Financial Need



For Release:
January 17, 2013                                                

                                                           For Further Information:
Mark Carmer


Stacey Garner
Kevin's Mom - Stacey Garner

LSU here I come!
Kevin SpearsKevin Spears
Holy Cross High School

Family Distraught – College Football Scholarship In Jeopardy

Woodland Hills, CA – June 18, 2013 – Stacey Garner, a medical specialist and single mother of two was going through a difficult time financially.  Her son, Kevin, was a high school senior who earned a football scholarship to a top university. Stacey had obtained a loan that was guaranteed by Kevin’s high school.  She made numerous payments, but was unable to payoff the remaining balance prior to his graduation.  Kevin’s school would not release transcripts without receiving payment in full, jeopardizing his scholarship, college career and future. Extended Family®, a charitable organization that assists hard working single parent’s, rewarded Stacey Garner by paying her loan balance in full and in time; thus allowing Kevin to go to college – something he and his mother had worked and sacrificed to achieve.

Extended Family® received an email from Dana Garner, Stacey’s daughter:

“Hi, my name is Dana Garner I am sending you this message on behalf of my little brother Kevin.  My mom has fallen on hard times and is unable to pay for his senior year at Holy Cross High School. He has attended Holy cross since 5th grade and is currently a part of their basketball and football team. He was recently rewarded a full paid scholarship to Louisiana State University for football.  If she does not come up with the past due balance he will be forced to transfer to a public school and repeat the 12th grade without being able to complete his last year. He will also lose his scholarship. I have searched high and low and looked for several payment options but I come up short each time. My heart is broken to know that my mom is in a financial bind that will cause him not to complete his senior year and go on to attend the College of his dreams.  I would like to know if there are any resources, funds or help that are available for him please.  ANYTHING WILL HELP.”

Extended Family® found it touching that the request for assistance came from Stacey’s daughter… Kevin’s big sister.  There as no sibling rivalry here – this was a family that obviously cared about one another.  Extended Family® replied to Dana’s email advising her to have her mother complete an application for assistance if she is a single mother who receives little or no help from the other parent, she is a US citizen, and she is employed.  Dana was further informed that although they would do there best, no promises could be made, but if her mother met the criteria stated above, her application would be reviewed and presented to the board of directors for immediate consideration.

An application for assistance was completed by Stacey Garner and provided to Extended Family®.  They confirmed all criteria was met, verified employment, and contacted references.  The board of directors of Extended Family® found it unconscionable that Kevin’s future was jeopardized over a few thousand dollars.  Stacey Garner had worked hard to provide her son with a fine education in a safe environment so that one day Kevin could go to college.  Her son had worked hard in the classroom and on the football field enabling him to earn a full four year scholarship to LSU.  Yet, in the end, this would all be for naught because in his senior year of high school, a student loan that was co-signed and guaranteed by the school would not be able to be paid in full prior to graduation.  The school felt that the only leverage they had to ensure the loan balance was paid was to withhold Kevin’s transcripts and not give him academic credit for his senior year.  By doing this, Kevin would no longer be eligible to attend LSU and would lose his scholarship.  Extended Family® contacted the bank holding the loan and paid the balance due thereby ensuring that Stacey’s efforts for her son for so many years could be realized. 

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 costs or any other expense not directly related to assisting a family in need.”

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