8/9/2012 (updated 9/11/2012)
No Longer Homeless, In their new home.
Will You please Help STA help them stay there for a long time?
Ok, well if you read my blog here enough, you are aware that i do not typically like to post photos of the people in need that we assist.
Today, i will make an exception. This family is fully aware i am posting this. The photos at left are from last May 2011 when Baby Gracelyn was born in St. Petersburg, FL. I will attempt to get new ones soon. Her parents are Rubin and Annise, both are pictured here. I asked them both if i could post pics of them and tell a story in an effort to raise funds for them. So, here we go.
I was introduced to Rubin and Annise last year in February 2011 by a family member of Annise’s. On May 23rd, baby Gracie was born. Today, baby Gracie is soooo danged cute and talkative! I will get an updated pic of her as soon as i am able.
Without going into a lot of personal details, it is suffice to say Rubin, Annise and baby Gracie have been through a lot in the last year and a half. They have been literally homeless, living in places any person should not have to be. Are they different then many hundreds of thousands of others out there who have been or are homeless? No. They simply happen to be someone we have been involved with and care about, and so i am writing on behalf of them.
As i stated, they have been homeless for the entire time we have known them. Homeless in the way that they have not had a “proper” home to live in, although they did have some shelter.
STA has assisted this young family in numerous ways. This young family has worked extremely hard to keep moving their lives…yep, i am going to say it………Straight Ahead. They are working extremely hard at ”Taking back Their Lives”. It is by faith in God and His Son Jesus that they are moving Straight Ahead. Literally.
They have had issues of course. Who hasn’t? It has been tough for them, real tough. They have split a few times, but gotten back together and are together now.
Last week, they all moved into a regular three bedroom house in St. Petersburg, FL……WITH a refrigerator AND central air conditioning and even a washer and dryer so they can do their laundry easily! Whoooo Hoooos all around! As the Father, Rubin put it…. ”Mr. Lance, we have gone from Hell to Heaven!”
Here are some photos below from when we went to visit them this August 2012 in their new house they are renting with other family members. Mind you, this is 1.5 years after we met them, Baby Gracie is growin! What a cutie and Mom and Dad are looking great too!
(Annise, Rubin and Baby Gracie) (Mom & Dad looking great!)Me and Baby G. :-))! (matching shirts even!! Pat is invisible behind the camera)
When they called me to tell me about their blessings from Jesus they were soooo excited and we are just as excited for them. We brought them groceries, a small dresser and a new cord for their dryer.
**Funny thing, the Mom/wife, Annise is texting me right now as i write this telling me that i need to come over this week for some ice cream and that she is on her way to work!!!! WHAAAAAT? Work??? AWESOME!!! NOW, THATS the kind of call i like! Ice cream????? Whaaaat? I am going for sure!!! :-))! The other calls have been for emergencies!
I could go on and on….but after Annises text to me, i am now very very distracted! In a good way! :-))!
The Dad/Husband still needs to locate work, but is trying. This family is still not out of the woods yet. But they are working hard to make it happen. They are trying to stay positive and remain strong in their faith. They are indeed fighting to ….yep….here it is…….“TAKE BACK THEIR LIFE”.
***What i would like to do is raise some funds for them. Funds enough to keep them going in this house for a while so they can breathe a little. So they can relax and enjoy themselves and each other for a bit. So they can build on their relationship and their family. So they do not have the constant stresses of the streets like they are used to.
They are good people. They are fun people. They believe in Jesus and are trying to do their part in the battle with satan.
Will you help us help them today please? When you make your donation, please indicate in the note field that it is for “Baby Gracie Family” and STA will donate 100% of those funds, every penny of it (none to fuel or anything else for STA) directly to this young family so they can have more Hope of succeeding!
Please Donate today, Now would be Awesome! Thank you!