There is an urgent need in our community for stability in times of crisis.
Currently, loss of income is causing many families who are already on the edge to fall into spiral that is almost impossible to correct.
Meet the James family: After losing their jobs this spring due to the COVID crisis, then being evicted from their home this summer, now they find themselves living in a hotel room in Bellevue where day to day things like meal preparation and online learning for their eight-year-old is very difficult. Every dollar they have is going to pay for their temporary home. Consequently, they aren’t able to save enough to secure a first/last/deposit and find a permanent home.
How will the James family ever get back on their feet? They just won’t be able to. But, with your help, they will get through this crisis and remain members of our community.
According to the Hunger Coalition’s anonymous survey of their food recipients in late October, 39% of respondents said they were still unable to pay for rent/mortgage and 86% of respondents do not have savings to fall back on. They also asked how much recipients would need each month to meet all of their expenses. The results* conveyed the same assistance applicants were seeking from BCCF during a season of need.
We at Blaine County Charitable Fund have discovered that many local families are experiencing a season of need, sometimes multiple seasons of need. On average $1250 will provide an entire family a sense of peace and stability that can get them through an unexpected crisis caused by job loss, work reduction, health issue, and more.
Our goal is to raise $425,000 for emergency assistance in 2021… enough to meet the need of all families that come to BCCF in crisis.
Can you be that lifeline for a family like the James family in our community? Your gift today will ensure everyone in our community has their critical needs met during this and future times of unanticipated crisis.
Steve Thompson, President Mary Fauth, Executive Director
* Based on the average of 310 household that receive food distributions each week, 31 % of the respondents indicated they needed $1500+, 34% $900-$1500, 30% $300-$900 and 5% $1-$300 in a 3-mo period to meet all of their bills and expenses.