The following is a letter we recently received thanking GBM and our Direct Services Coordinator, Sarah Price, for the assistance we were able to provide to a family in dire need. Stories like the one below are frequent occurrences here at GBM, and we are able to serve those who come to us in need through the support of our faithful donors and supporting faith communities. We share this story so you can fully understand the impact you are having in the lives of your Birmingham neighbors.
I am writing this letter as my thank you to your agency. I would also like to briefly share my story/testimony with your agency and any other single parents that work hard and still fall upon hard times.
September 30, 2013 I got sick with strep throat and the flu. The doctor too me off work. For me that was horrible news, I am currently on a new job and I have not accumulated sick or vacation time. I am a single parent of four and I don’t receive help much help from the other parents.
On Thursday, October 23, 2013 my power was disconnected. I made a payment with Alabama Power for $200.00 on October 3, 2013. I failed to make payment arrangements for the remaining balance. To get my service restored it was going to cost me $450.00. With me being out sick for the weeks prior, I was not paid a full check. After calling Alabama Power inquiring about the amount needed to get my power restored, I found out that if I took them my entire check, I still did not have enough to pay my bill. My check was barely $350.00.
If my power being disconnected was not bad enough. I lost my home the same day. It was auctioned off by the Mortgage Company on the same day my power was disconnected at the house that I am currently renting. I was awarded the home in the divorce for me and my kids when I divorced their father almost three years ago. When I lost my job three years ago, me and my X-husband rented the home out to keep the payments current until I found work. Not knowing that my X-husband had been taking the rent from the tenants and not making the mortgage payment for over 7 months at $1200.00 a payment. He had been doing so since March 2013 and I was unaware.
I have two children of my own and two other children that I have custody of. Their mother, which is a family member has a substance abuse addiction and is not stable enough to care for her kids at this time. Rather than seeing my family get caught up in the system I requested custody. The day of the power being disconnected was the day that DHR had their scheduled visit with me and the kids. With that said, it was extremely urgent that I get my power back on immediately.
God placed and angel in my life that day and her name is Ms. Sarah Price. I will be forever grateful for what she did for me and my kids. Ms. Price did not stop until my power was restored.
I would like to say thank you to Ms. Price and Greater Birmingham ministries for what your agency did for me and my kids. Ms. Price did more for me that day than just get my power restored bust she also made a difference as to whether or not I would have lost custody of the other two children I have in my care. With DHR coming out to visit and me not having power they may have removed the children from my care and my kids could have been separated and/or worse caught up in the system.
Ms. Price is a valuable employee and Greater Birmingham Ministries is lucky to have her aboard.
Again, thank you and I am forever grateful.
We are indeed grateful to have Ms. Price in her role here at GBM – a role she has filled for many years. And we are equally grateful for the support we receive from individuals – just like you – who make our work possible.