We have been blessed to be able to help several new families recently, and I see a lot of potential with each of them. As a result, however, we are very low now on ministry funds, but the needs don't take a break, obviously.
To give you a sense of the folks we're currently assisting, here is a quick list with brief descriptions:
* Young veteran and his wife, with 3 kids ages 2 and under (twin 2-year-old girls and a 1-year-old boy). He is working full-time next door to the motel where they currently live, but still trying to get back on their feet following a layoff and eviction.
* Young couple (25 and 23 years old) with 2 small children (3-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl). He is actively seeking work. He has skills in long-term care, computers, graphic design, and construction. The wife has been in remission from leukemia for about 15 months. She was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with their little girl. He survived being shot during a home invasion when they still lived in California. They were staying with family until her father assaulted her during an argument. They also currently live in a cheap motel in north Austin.
* Young lady and her 11-year-old daughter. She is a Katrina survivor, and she just landed a new job (praise God!). She is living in a motel as well. Her mother just moved here from New Orleans to help with her daughter so that she can become a certified nursing assistant.
* Young lady with 3 kids (14, 8, and 5) whose husband is in jail after abusing all of them, often severely. She is on the verge of losing her current rental home (mobile home) at the end of the month. She wants desperately to work, but the vehicle we had secured for her via donation no longer works and is probably not worth spending a lot of money to repair. We may have a more substantial fundraiser for this situation soon.
I spend many of my evenings in one of the areas where these people live, and there is no shortage of need, although the people I outlined above are all sincerely trying to make lives for themselves and their children. If you feel led to donate, ANY amount helps. God bless you if you read this entire thing. If you want to help in person or meet any of these families, I can arrange that, too. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 512-796-7653 (cell).
Here is our donation link: http://gofundme.com/1shr40.
If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com. Thanks!