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Family was doing well until father lost his job

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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:15 am

Things were going well for her family, said this young mother.

But after her husband lost his job in September, everything changed. Now, the family of four, soon to be six, is homeless.

When she became pregnant with twin boys, seven months ago, they were financially stable. With two little girls, ages two and four, hoping for a boy, the couple had decided to have one more child. The mother said they never imagined they would be in the situation they're in now.

"My biggest fear is I'm going to have these babies and not have a home for them," she said, crying.

The couple moved to Coeur d'Alene nearly four years ago. The father was from Bonners Ferry and the mom grew up in western Montana.

"We really tried to make a good life for our kids," the mom said. "Now I don't know what we're going to do."

When her husband became unemployed, the mom, 25, was going to North Idaho College. She was studying to become a radiology technician, and was getting straight As.

"That was my dream. I was a great student in high school. I always wanted to go to college and do something that would help people," she said.

She has since had to drop out.

"I can't go to school, be pregnant and homeless," she said.

She said her husband has been looking for work since September, applying for jobs wherever he can. He was working delivering furniture, can drive a truck, operate a forklift and has other skills.

At one point, he took a job with a lumber company in Montana and they moved there and stayed with the wife's aunt.

"He worked for two days and then they laid the whole graveyard shift off. Two days," she said.

The family returned to Coeur d'Alene and they're staying with a friend, a single mom with two kids of her own, living in a two-bedroom apartment. They can't stay there for long, she said, because the woman is breaking her lease by helping them.

"If it wasn't for her kindness, we'd be out on the streets right now," the mom said.

She said they aren't looking for a hand-out. They're receiving food stamps, but have decided to hold out on applying for cash assistance because they want to do it on their own.

"He just needs a job, a break," she said. "He's a good guy, a hard worker, a dang hard worker. We don't drink. We don't party. We pray every day."

They have applied for help through various agencies that provide housing assistance or transitional housing, she said, but the waiting lists are long.

Everything they own is in a small storage unit, and she said she's afraid they'll lose their possessions because they can't afford the rental fee.

"That's our life, their toys, our beds," she said. "This is the last thing we ever expected."

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  • efromm posted at 9:10 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    efromm Posts: 704

    I feel for them. Twins! That is a lot of work. I am in the same boat. All my stuff is in storage. Not sure if I can make the payment next month. Every month though I find something to do so I can keep it paid. It sucks I feel bad for my kids the most. I keep on keeping on though hoping that I will find some work soon. Keep the faith guys your not alone.

  • max power posted at 10:56 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Trip Down Memory Lane ***

    In the 1950's she would have been a prime candidate to be on a television show called "Queen For A Day". Each week three contestants tried to out do one another with their tales of woe. Audience applause moved a meter. The saddest tale would always peg out the meter and determined the winner who often won an new Amana washer and dryer...

  • idahoguy posted at 8:21 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Story aside...

    Why do people have so many children they can not afford? I mean really,,,why? Is it then all our responsibility to now underwrite their poorly thought out choices in life? I think not.
    Why do people keep increasing their daily needs by taking on more wants in life without first having the common sense 6 month to 12 month cash reserves to live on if a job is lost? Why? Maybe because they want it all now and maybe pay for it later...maybe not?
    Why do people over extend themselves and then never ever plan on a job loss or interruption in their income stream? Again, want it now pay later with interest?
    Why do people think they are so unique or special? Are we not all equal under the Constitution? I can not say I know one person including myself who had not thought everything was going pretty good until it suddenly went South on them/me. This couple is not going through anything unique or special. I have suffered through such things as all the rest of us have. Big difference is the vast majority of us did not have the entitlement mentality to air our struggles out in the freaking Press.

    I wish them well. I hope the wise up real fast and learn to live well below their means. I hope they learn to save and not spend. I hope he gets a career skill going someday and they stop making children they can not support. All the above will come to pass either the real hard way or the smart way. Their choice and I do not assist irresponsible behavior either.

    This story has nothing to do with the so called Christmas Spirit either. Such train wrecks happen all year long.

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