Jake’s Story

- Chapter 4 -

We moved into our new house! I have my very own room all to myself. My sisters and I played hide and seek while Dad and Miss Jill talked about money and budgeting stuff. We don’t have any furniture yet, but Miss Jill is going to help us with that too.

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She said she will give us a referral to Sharing Shed who could get us a couch and kitchen table and beds—anything we need for our new house. She was able to get a bed for me already and some pillows. I’ve been having a hard time at school, and Dad has been frustrated and yelling a lot.

Miss Jill talked to my school, and she is helping my teacher come up with a special plan to help me, called an IEP (individualized education plan). Miss Jill also told my dad that there are classes to help parents, and a place called Crisis Nursery that can watch us kids so my dad can have a break. Dad doesn’t want to take any classes, but he said he’d think about the nursery. Miss Jill said there are lots of toys and kids to play with at the Crisis Nursery, so it sounds fun to me.

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Jake’s Story

- Chapter 3 -

The van is fixed! Dad finally got the part he needed. He said he is going to take us to the river this weekend to throw rocks and have a picnic. And that’s not even the best news—we found a new house!  Miss Jill’s work is going to help us pay for the house. Miss Jill told Dad that the Care Service could pay for the deposit and a few months of rent. She helped Dad fill out the paperwork for the rent and to help with utilities because he can’t read or write, and she brought diapers for the girls. She also brought dad a gift card to buy gas for the van so he could save some of his money, and told him about Parents As Teachers and Early Head Start that will come into the house to play with the girls each week. It’s kind of like school for little kids. Dad was having a hard time getting his medicine, so Miss Jill talked to Medicaid to see what was wrong. All dad needed to do was pay $6, and he was able to get all of his medicine which made him feel a lot better. Every time Miss Jill visits they work on a budget and a plan so we don’t have to live with Aunt Carrie again.

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Jake’s Story

- Chapter 2 -

My legs are really tired today. Our van is still broken, so my dad and my sisters have to walk me to school. It takes more than an hour to get there. My dad is trying to get the van fixed, but he doesn’t have enough money yet. I try not to complain because I know he’s trying, but I really wish we had a car.

 

Miss Jill came to my aunt’s house today for a visit. Sophie got scared and started crying because she thought Miss Jill was going to take our dad away. Dad explained to Sophie that Miss Jill was just trying to help them.

 

Miss Jill told dad about some places we can get food by our house, and she brought dad some papers that will help us get new clothes. All of my clothes are dirty, and the camping washing machine doesn’t work very well. It’s no fun staying at Aunt Carrie’s house. We have to be quiet ALL the time. Aunt Carrie is always mad, and it stresses my dad out. Dad told Miss Jill that he is moving up on the NECAC housing list, and he applied for a mobile home park. I hope that means we get to move soon.

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Jake’s Story

- Chapter 1 -

My mom was hurting me and my little sisters Sophie and Emma, so my dad had to find us a new, safer place to live.

 

We are staying at my aunt’s house for a little while. I sleep on a cot in the kitchen, my sisters sleep in the living room and my dad sleeps on the floor.

 

My dad didn’t have a lot of money since he only gets disability, so he said we needed help. He found Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, and we met Miss Jill who was going to help us find a home of our own. There was a kids’ area where Emma, Sophie and I could play with toys or watch a movie while my dad talked to Miss Jill. I could tell that my dad was feeling a lot better after talking to Miss Jill. He said they made a plan, and everything was going to be OK.

 

Before we left, Miss Jill gave all of us presents! She gave me a brand-new superheroes backpack to take to school. I never had a new backpack that was all my own. She gave my sisters fruit snacks and a book to take home. My dad got shampoo, soap and toothpaste because he can’t buy them with food stamps. We also brought home a couple of bags of food which had my favorite cereal.

 

The Easter Bunny also brought us Easter Baskets filled with lots of candy and toys to the Care Service. I thought he wouldn’t find us since we moved.

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Social Justice in Action presents

Marti MacGibbon
speaking on Human Trafficking: A Global Tragedy

You’re invited to see and hear Marti speak
Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service – Celebration Room
4116 McClay Road St. Charles, MO 63304
For more information call 636-441-1302 ext. 350

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Join us for a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the Care Service

Make your reservation soon. Space on each tour is limited.

Have you ever wondered what we do with all the space in the Care Service building? Maybe you’ve wondered what happens to your food or other donation after you drop it off at the door. Now is your chance to find out. We LOVE to show off our building so this month we will offer a limited number of our supporters a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Care Service on December 26th, 27th, and 28th.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting us through Facebook, emailing us at info@jacares.org, or calling 636-441-1302 ext. 300.

We can’t wait to see you!

– TOUR DATES & TIMES –
Wednesday, December 26th: 9am, 11am and 1pm.
Thursday, December 27th: 10am, 2pm.
Friday, December 28th: 9am, 11am, 1pm.

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December 8 & 9 on the campus of St. Charles Community College

How You Can Help

DONATE
Bikes – we still need bikes for young children (those with characters have been highly requested)
Gift Cards for teens and adults
Gifts for teens and adults
Christmas Trees – artificial trees (new or used in a box)
Financial Donations

VOLUNTEER
Dec 8th – Everyone is invited to join us at St. Charles Community College on beginning at 8:00 am
Dec 9th – Volunteers 18 years old or older are invited to help beginning at 8:00 am

 


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For more information please contact us at info@jacares.org or 636-441-1302 ext. 300