Sheila is working hard at her part time job. She has a home under a program that provides an opportunity for her to own it at some point (sorry, didn’t get the name of the program). As can happen, she got behind on some bills and was coming up short for the month. The good news had just come that she would be going full time at her job shortly. But what to do to make it in the meanwhile? T2NL took Sheila shopping for the grocery items needed to bridge the gap. We also left her a grocery gift card, so she could get whatever else she might need until her first, larger paycheck arrives. Sheila told us “things are looking up”. We’re looking up and praising God for His provision…how He always loves and cares for us. We’re glad to have the opportunity to do the same for Sheila’s family.
Family in crisis
Through our connections on Facebook, we met William and his children…five to be exact. Lots of domestic turmoil and a sad situation for sure for the children. William is sightless, so imagine raising five kids on your own, with limited means and being blind. Lots of challenges. The immediate need was for temporary housing. We found an extended stay residence that bridged the gap between the previous living situation and the next one arranged. Additionally, T2NL provide groceries and clothing for the children. William said not only the financial support but the “love you showed us” meant everything. That’s what Jesus does…He loves those with less.
Interview clothes provided
Jerry made the connect to T2NL through a referral from the staff at High Ground in Minneapolis. He was set to interview for a new job on Monday and on Thursday, came to the realization that he didn’t have the clothing required to make the positive impression he hoped for. He is a big man, so finding good business-casual attire would be difficult. We did some research and found a store specializing in consigned business wear (Turnstyles). With a trip there, a stop a JC Penny’s and a meal following, we were able to help Jerry get outfitted for his professional interview. Yes, he got the job!
Washcloths provided for homeless shelter
As we’ve gotten to know the staff at the High Ground shelter in Minneapolis, we’ve learned about some of the shortcomings in the supply system. No doubt the need is great and the resources are scarce! One of the security staff mentioned they could really use washcloths for the men staying in the overnight shelter. There’s a system to ‘check out’ a towel and washcloth, but its difficult to maintain and the washcloths disappear. We have a connection (thanks, Larry D!) that allows T2NL to buy product from Sysco at good rates. So, in this instance we bought and provided 300 new, white washcloths for the shelter men. Since then, we’ve continued to provide shampoo and bars of soap whenever possible.
Van donated to family
A generous local family donated the van to another family in need of transportation. Threshold to New Life provided for a complete safety check as well as some minor repairs (thanks to Central Auto in Osseo, MN) and delivered the van to the family in need. This will provide much needed reliable and safe transportation to this family who now has two working parents and was in need of a vehicle to help with their busy schedules. God is good all the time and provides us with all we need.
Dental work needed
Kirk is working full time, however through a temporary agency. This means no health or dental benefits are available to him. On Friday evening while having dinner, he broke a molar off…way in the back of his mouth. Not only was this painful, it is now susceptible to infection. T2NL got the call. We found a dentist in the southern suburbs that was open on Saturdays and was willing to work with us on the cost of the procedure. Kirk had the remainder of the tooth extracted and made it back to work on Monday.