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Desperate Family Needs Help for Rent

invoice-blackedI had gone home to meet up with Ronita, one of our board members, to give her the check to pay the rent for the homeless couple we helped recently. ACR has no overhead (literally less than 1%) which allows us to assure that all donations go directly toward helping the most needy. To make that possible, I do the work of ACR from an office in my home.

Ronita and I were delayed as we talked and prayed. We were again witnesses to God’s amazing mercy and provision for the least (through ACR and our friends). After we parted, I got in the car to head to my paid job. I stopped at the first intersection just one house away and noticed a car driving very slowly through it. Strange, I thought. The driver then waved, parked his car in the intersection, got out and called out, “Miss Kristie!”  It was a Haitian client, one we have helped in various ways — such as going with his wife (who doesn’t yet speak English) to register their kids for school and after school programs. We’ve looked for jobs for him, and helped him fill out countless applications online. We’ve prayed together. We have brought food, basic furniture and even bed sheets. When I think of all the marginalized friends I am privileged to know, I regard this friend and his family to be among the very least.

I found him frantic that day as I left my home. “Miss Kristie, I got laid off!” He said he had been driving around trying to find my home. Somehow, he had hope that we would not turn him away. I hope it doesn’t sound like boasting, but we really couldn’t and wouldn’t. Our motivation (and my own motivation) is love for the least. And often times, our motivation is better spoken as ‘love for the friends we serve.’

My friend handed me a notice from his landlord. He was already one month behind in rent and had a new month (and new owner/landlord) to pay. I assured him ACR would help. He also wanted desperately to know where to find a job. I had nothing to share but I promised to call whenever I saw a posting. Cars had to navigate around his and I had to go, so I gave this friend a hug and told him not to worry about the rent. I told him ACR was his friend, too. And then I drove back to work marvelling at the coincidence (or not) that he would even have found me. He was lost and searching, and I happened to drive up at just the right time and place. And I prayed for him and his family. So much struggle–round and round on the poverty cycle with no way out.

THE NEED: Attached is the invoice from the rental company for the month of March for $650. If you can help us help this family to pay their rent and avoid eviction, please visit our giving page.

All donations to ACR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. ACR is entirely volunteer run and our actual overhead is less than 1%. That means we are blessed to assure that all donations go directly to helping the least.

Any funds received in excess of a project’s budget will go toward other current projects.

New Project Caring for Malnourished, Premature and Abandoned Babies

A Child’s Refuge has partnered with a critically-needed child survival center and orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We are working to raise support to help them care for the premature, malnourished and abandoned babies in their care. They have immediate and constant needs for clean water, baby formula and diapers.

The center, God’s Littlest Angels, services the most vulnerable and critically ill babies in Haiti. Doctors and clinics all over Haiti refer babies in need of intensive nursing care and nutritional support to them. Their facility includes a fully functioning nursery with incubators, warming beds, and the capability to provide oxygen, intravenous fluids, and monitoring suFort_Jacque_houses_March_2012pport for critically ill infants.

ACR is also raising funds help GLA complete construction of a new clinic and home at Fort Jacques, Haiti. We support their vision to create a facility of small group homes instead of a large institutionalized building to better meet the orphans’ physical and psychological needs and growth. So far, GLA has built two staff homes, a garage/shop, warehouse, and a barn for storage. Work is underway on the Toddler Homes (to house 10 children with two caregivers each), and plans are in place for a central school house with an all purpose room that will be used as both a dining area and play area.

If you would like to help us ensure the orphaned, abandoned and most critically ill children of Haiti have a safe place to heal and grow, we welcome your gift of any amount. ACR is entirely volunteer run with an overhead of less than one percent. We are blessed to assure our friends that all monies received go directly to the needy children and families for whom it is intended. Just visit our giving page to partner with us. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For the children!


Photo credit: God’s Littlest Angels
Any funds received in excess of a project’s budget will go toward other current projects.

We Did It…Together!

Thank you, friends, for your generous help in meeting the need of the homeless couple in the last week. They are housed and the wife is readying for surgery next week. The entire $3,000 need was met to ensure they will remain housed for six months as they re-apply for disability benefits. There is hope where it was lost a short time ago.

Together, we made a difference for this couple among the poorest of the poor. Thank you, all, who heard and who helped. May your kindness and love be returned to you in full.

Love and peace,


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An Update on the Homeless Couple

February 25, 2013

Dear friends,

Our board member, Ronita, was able to get this precious couple into the efficiency unit over the weekend though the lease will not be signed until tomorrow. Her tireless work in advocating for and lovingly serving these two is selfless and powerful. What began with her meeting this destitute and hopeless couple has resulted in the compassionate response of many to ease their burdens.

Through your generous donations, a little more than half of the $3,000 needed to cover this family’s first six months of rent was received in just two days. They are now in a small apartment, sheltered from the cold and dangers of sleeping in their car. They can now heat food and enjoy a warm meal; they had been using food stamps to purchase only non perishables, and they had no means by which to cook or heat food. The wife has a safe, warm place to recover from her upcoming surgery. And they have hope again because Ronita, ACR and you really do care.

My dream when founding ACR was that we would love the least with the love and respect they so often are denied while working to ease their burdens. This update is my sincere thanks to my board and to you, our friends, who have joined us in loving these two and many others in ways that really do make a difference.

Thank you again for your gifts of love. And if you would like to help ensure this couple is housed for six months, there is still time to help. Just visit our giving page.


Kristie Fry
Executive Director

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Sleeping in a Car in the W*almart Lot — Nobody’s Dream, but One Family’s Sudden Reality

320px-Wal-Mart_in_Madison_HeightsHello, friends: The following is from Ronita Rupert, vice president of our board. Please read about a precious family she has been helping. ACR has taken on this project and we’ll work to ease this family’s overwhelming burden.

February 22, 2013

I met a couple who have recently become homeless. February 4th was the first night they spent sleeping in their car in the Walmart parking lot. We’ve had the coldest of days this winter in the past few weeks. I could not just walk on by, and I cannot imagine how frightening it would be to sleep in my car during frigid nights.

Due to multiple serious health problems, the husband applied for disability. The process was a year long and ended with his denial of benefits. I have heard that many are denied the first time they apply but have a better chance on appeal. Anyway, they have watched their savings and all personal resources drain while their situation did not improve. Though they’d never imagined themselves homeless, it became an unavoidable reality for these precious two.

By the time we crossed paths, they had no money, no income, no ability to work, and no home. Last week, a co-worker of mine provided funds to put minutes on their cell phone, to purchase a gas card, and to get them a hotel room for a couple nights over a very cold, snowy weekend.

The wife is sick and needs surgery; it is scheduled for March 7, 2013. We are very concerned for her and the risks to her if sleeping in a cold car, as well as her comfort during recovery following surgery. I have been to the Franklin County Homeless Shelter, the Cold Weather Shelter, and Candle Heart, and they do not have any empty beds. Salvation Army, SCAPP, HAP, and Mental Health housing all need them to have some kind of income before they can help with housing.

So after exhausting all government resources I know of, and after four days of working to find help for them (that’s four more nights in their car!), I am turning to our friends here at A Child’s Refuge. Together, we can make a huge difference in the life of this truly marginalized and needy family.

God Bless,
Ronita Rupert

THE NEED: $3,000.
We have located an efficiency unit in the borough that rents for $500/month with utilities included. $3,000 will cover the rent for six months, while also providing immediate shelter. We believe it will also give this family some time to work on their disability benefits appeal and to await a new reply.

If you would like to help us to love on this precious family in need, please visit our giving page. All donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

I am incredibly thankful for our board of directors. God placed leaders in place that share the vision and passion for loving the least, as evidenced by this hard work by Ronita.

Thank you all for your love for others.

For the children!

Kristie Fry,
Executive Director

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