2020 will go down in history as a particularly difficult year for Americans and people around the world. At Help Now!, with your assistance, we rose to the challenge. From helping clients procure funds from their insurance companies when the Oregon fires devastated their lives, to a 94 year old man caught in a timeshare scam, to COVID-related eviction issues, Help Now! has been able to advocate for 601 clients this year.
To emphasize the need for Help Now!, I want to share the story of Helen (name changed to protect her privacy).
Helen worked at a steady job. It gave her enough money to pay all of her bills on time, but not quite enough to accumulate a significant savings. Then, COVID-19 was announced in the news. But, she didn’t worry, after all, it seemed like it was under control.
Then, Helen started to not feel well, came down with a fever and got tested for COVID. The test was positive. Her employer required her to quarantine before she could return to work. Unfortunately, being an hourly employee, when Helen doesn’t work, she doesn’t get paid.
Worry and fear set in. Helen didn’t have friends or family who were in a position to help and now not only was she late with her bills, but she didn’t have enough money for rent. She was feeling hopeless when a friend recommended that she get in touch with our organization.
Because of donors like you, an advocate at Help Now! was able to work with local organizations to procure enough money for Helen to pay for her rent and her utilities until she could return to work.
Your donation guarantees that more people like Helen are able to stay in their homes even after they’re affected by COVID. COVID and how it’s affecting individuals and families has been devastating and will continue to affect the country even after a vaccine is finally delivered.
We hope you’ll join us in our mission provide advice, support, and skilled negotiations assistance to individuals and families in crisis.