School Teacher and Single Mother of Two Receives Help From Extended Family
Woodland Hills, CA – June 7, 2012 – Yesenia Quintanilla is the proud mother of two young girls (Lizbeth, 9, and Bryana, 7). The girl’s father has not been around to help since 2004, so Yesenia has had to raise the two girls on her own. She receives no help from the girl’s father financially or otherwise.
Yesenia Quintanilla works as a pre-school teacher in Van Nuys, California. She works hard, but has been unable to do it on her own and worries about her children’s future. Yesenia tried to get assistance from another well known nonprofit organization that assists parents, child care professionals, employers and local communities in all matters related to early care education. When meeting with a representative, Yesenia said she was told because she was working and earning $9.00/hr she didn’t qualify. She was advised to quit her job and go on welfare so they could help her. What kind of message would this send to her children? What does this say about our current system? For various jobs, including Yesenia’s job, a blood test/drug test is required, but Ms. Quintanilla points out “to get food stamps and/or money from the government you need nothing.” Nevertheless, Yesenia did not want to abuse the system or send the wrong message to her children, so she continued working and still continues working. One day, she hopes to open her own day care.
Co-workers and parents of her students we spoke with only had wonderful things to say about her. In fact, it was one of her student’s parents that told Yesenia about the Extended Family charitable organization. In her application, Yesenia explained how it is difficult to keep up with the rising cost of food and other monthly bills. She requested shoes and clothing or education materials for her girls.
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 system is 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.”
Thanks to Extended Family, the future is a little brighter for Yesenia Quintanilla and her two girls.Extended Family took them on a shopping spree and the girls now have new clothes, new shoes and new school supplies.Yesenia also received a gift card to Target and a gift card to Vallarta (her local supermarket), to help with the increasing cost of food and household supplies. Additionally, Extended Family also agreed to pay legal fees associated with gaining full custody of her children.
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