day 4: i’m thankful for the chance we had last night to ask our community to join with us in serving our neighbors in need!
i want to share one story with you that makes me cry every time because my heart overflows! (the name has been changed.)
charlotte called cornerstone asking for help with school supplies for her two children. we asked them to come shop at our donation center for back to school clothes, so they would have a new outfit to wear on the first day of school.
when they came, we learned that two years ago, charlotte’s husband had been killed in a car accident shortly after they adopted both of their children. a year later, she lost her job due to the downturn in the economy, and now the family was on the verge of losing their home.
but the only thing she called to ask for was $100 in school supplies.
over the next few months, we worked with charlotte and taught her how to make a budget, how to network with her peers, and walked alongside her in her difficult time. she has a powerful faith and many times she was so uplifting, we would forget that we were supposed to be supporting her.
charlotte’s road was not easy; she got a contract job, but it didn’t cover all her expenses, and just as she was getting enough work to cover everything, they had to downsize and she was without a job again.
but charlotte didn’t give up. she worked her network and found another job, which pays all their bills with the first check she receives. when she called to let us know she’d gotten the job, she told us she’d already opened her first checking account to put her second check into.
a few months after she started working, we called to check in with her, and she was still doing very well. so well, in fact, that when a family member needed financial help, she was able to help them out as well as teach them some of the things she’d learned during her time with us.
charlotte will always hold a special place in our hearts. her strong faith and refusal to quit against all odds is inspiring and admirable.
honestly, charlotte’s story is a reminder that life takes unexpected turns and no matter where we are in life, we have reasons to give thanks.