“I’m not really sure how to even start this, this whole putting my pride aside thing is really hard for me.” We get that. We really, really do. But we are so grateful that Stephanie found the strength and bravery to ask for the help that she needed. For years she endured violence in her relationship. It is a terrible thing not to feel safe in one’s own home. When her husband left her he took everything of monetary value, cleaned out their bank account and never looked back. Finally free from his abuse, she found herself unemployed, destitute and needing to care for her two precious Littles, both of whom have special needs. That would bring most people to their knees- but our Stephanie is a Warrior. She picked herself up, found work cleaning houses and continued to take care of her children. She also, in true Monkee fashion, found a way to use the difficulties she’d endured to help other women in similar situations by starting a not-for-profit. Amazing. Amazing people need help sometimes. This hard working mother is doing everything she can, as she put it, “to make ends meet, but they never meet.” She wants what […]
Jessica wrote to Together Rising, asking for help for her sweet 8 year old daughter. She says, “I have been my daughter’s only parent her entire life.” Between the noble work of single parenting, and her full-time job, we knew Jessica was burning the candle at both ends to make ends meet. For Jessica, her career in social work provided for her daughter’s needs until she got a troubling report from her daughter’s dentist. Her daughter would need over $3,000 in dental work to avoid frightening corrective jaw surgery later in childhood. You can imagine Jessica’s heartbreak to learn the necessary dental work was not covered, even in part, by Medicaid. As Jessica poured over her budget to find the funds for this necessary procedure, she shared, “I work as a social worker full time, but the money is just not there. My “leftover” money totals less than $150/month, which has to cover both gas and groceries. I am SO BLESSED to have even that amount for the necessities.” But it’s not enough. Not enough for this critical procedure, and not enough to save her daughter from a series of painful and threatening dentist visits in the future. Monkees, this […]
Try and remember the last time you were sick and just the act of breathing was difficult. Now imagine that it is your child who is fighting that chronic battle- and the one thing you can do to ease that struggle, vacuuming to cut down on household dust and allergens, is not feasible because your vacuum has broken and you cannot afford to replace it. It’s such a simple thing, really. And most of us complain about vacuuming- but for Monkee Valerie, cleaning her house to ease her son’s burden is sacred work. “My name is Valerie B. and I have a son (turning 2 this month!) that has been plagued by health problems… I am a single mother, under employed with a child support claim that is not being honored, and a grad student… My son has battled constant respiratory infections for months now, his lungs are so sensitive and cannot seem to heal. I clean a few times a week, dusting and sweeping, etc. But we live in a 100+ year old home, so there is a TON of dust. Recently, my vacuum burned up and now it needs to be replaced. I just don’t have it in […]
The spirit of November’s Holiday Hands project continues, as our Gabbi and her amazing mom were profiled on the Today Show this week: Here is an excerpt from Today.com: Last month, Gabbie came home and told her mom she saw her classmates getting cards at school. The girl was devastated that she didn’t get one and asked her mom, “Why doesn’t anyone give me cards?” Sejas was thinking about her daughter’s struggles one night as she logged on to “Monkee See – Monkee Do,” a non-profit that matches up families in need with people who’d like to help. Sejas had participated before, supporting a family during the holidays, but now she decided it was her turn to ask for help. In her entry, titled “Cards for Gabbie,” Sejas simply appealed for people to send cards to her daughter. “There are some things that money cannot buy, and that is feeling like you are loved and accepted. That is what I want for my baby girl,” Sejas wrote. She was one of more than 300 people who posted wishes during this year’s Holiday Hands campaign on “Monkee See – Monkee Do,” said Glennon Doyle Melton, head of the non-profit and founder […]
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