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here we are looking at being homeless during the holidays and possibly far beyond. I am on several waiting lists for low income/subsidized housing. I applied for section 8 along time ago. That can take years to get here. If the cats must go, they must g



   

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Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 3:42 pm
I ASK ALL CARE2 FRIENDS TO HELP LAUREN WHOM I CAN VOUCH FOR AS A SERIOUS ACTIVIST WITH A BIG HEART a longtime friend on care2. we must help her we must
 

. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 3:51 pm
I have read about this family I will see what I can do so sad . This time of year or any time at all. Thank you Sophia D.
 

. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 3:55 pm
I will see what I can do. Thanks Sophia and all of my Care2 friends who have contacted me with emails asking for help for this family.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:01 pm
this is just terrible.lauren had taken over my childrens group on care2. a great woman. we must help no donation i s too small
 

David Gould (155)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:15 pm
Thanks Sophia. I have met Lauren through varrious groups and can attest to her marvelous work here on Care2, and her bringing up 4 children, 2 cats and her having MS. I shall cross post as her case is urgent. Thanks again.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:21 pm
God Bless David thankyou
yes her situation is urgent she must be terribly frightened. no this is not acceptable for this woman indeed her needs must be met
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:24 pm

Thank you for writing. Money, leads on housing, prayers, whatever you (or anyone) can do is deeply appreciated. I have been contacting landlords and apt mngrs all over my area and northern California via email for weeks and being very frank about my situation. I am finally getting some responses this morning.
I am optimistic that we will be lead in the right direction and be blessed. Truly I must tell you Sophia, I am overwhelmed by the kindness and support I am receiving from friends and even people I do not know.
People really are good at heart. Most people anyway.
I have PayPal at mrssmithagain@aol.com or you can mail something to;
Lauren Stone
c/o Robin Ridgway
3000 S Chester Ave
Spc. 20
Bakersfield, CA
93304
this is where we can send some monies
 

Cheryl B (375)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:27 pm
i spent am as able spreading her blog around and forwarding to friends, . didn't know if should put on c2nn, glad u did S, ty,
 

Barry Seth (118)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:36 pm
Sophia -

Lauren contacted me by regular email and let me know what was happening last Thursday. I contacted a couple of people I know in California, and they were going to make a couple of calls.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:43 pm
barry thank god. this is not acceptableeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:46 pm
I do not use Paypal !!!! Is there another way? eg: credit card donation?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:48 pm
yes lamargo please send a money order?
tothe above address
 

Barry Seth (118)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:49 pm
Sophia -

Don't thank me yet. There is no resolution yet. The people I contacted are attorneys that have some contacts in the state public aid and some other agencies.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:52 pm
ok that is what i was going to ask about attorneys. this is most important.
 

Cheryl B (375)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:56 pm
c/p on groups S, best can do today in shir=f shifts,
 

Cheryl B (375)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:57 pm
mail to address above lamargo
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:57 pm
sunshine please rest
 

Pat B (356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:57 pm
i am sending lauren a christmas card w/$$. thank you for the address. it w/be in the mail tomorrow. good luck, and god bless all, and most of all, lauren. i will be praying for you and your beautiful children. thanks sophia...and barry and the above members for helping one of our care2 members...(makes my heart feel good).
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:02 pm
Sunday December 2, 2007, 4:24 pm

Thank you for writing. Money, leads on housing, prayers, whatever you (or anyone) can do is deeply appreciated. I have been contacting landlords and apt mngrs all over my area and northern California via email for weeks and being very frank about my situation. I am finally getting some responses this morning.
I am optimistic that we will be lead in the right direction and be blessed. Truly I must tell you Sophia, I am overwhelmed by the kindness and support I am receiving from friends and even people I do not know.
People really are good at heart. Most people anyway.
I have PayPal at mrssmithagain@aol.com or you can mail something to;
Lauren Stone
c/o Robin Ridgway
3000 S Chester Ave
Spc. 20
Bakersfield, CA
93304
this is where we can send some monies
 

Pat B (356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:07 pm
Done. my card is ready to go!!!! ;-)
 

Sharon D (91)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:07 pm
Thank you for posting Sophia. I will be praying for Lauren and her family. May God Provide for Lauren and her family. Love to all
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:07 pm
Thank you Sophia. I am both laughing AND crying at this moment. Nothing like being subtle.

I do so deeply appreciate your concern and kindness. ALL OF YOU!
Someone has told me that I may be 'bumped up' on the section 8 waiting list once we are officially homeless. I will persue that lead and ANY lead I get. I guess circumstances have something to do with it. If I had that it would be SO much easier to find a new place. I have found several suitable houses, but the owners will ONLY take section 8.

PLEASE KNOW, that I am so grateful for everyone's concern and kind offers of help, suggestions and prayers/well wishes.
 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:13 pm

I've lived in Illinois & now I am living in Maine. Isn't there a Church or shelter that can help them out in any way? I've known of Catholic Churches that take many people in, feed them etc... Not sure if she could go to a battered womens shelter but they would help in many ways even with employment.

We have shelters here even in our small population along with Soup Kitchens. Why is there no help in California for people in need?

 

Weavre Cooper (28)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:16 pm
I just wanted to add another voice vouching for Lauren as a genuine, active Care2 participant with whom I've interacted for quite some time. She's one of a very few people here who know my real name--a strong indication that I trust her. Her need is legitimate, and her membership in this community is real.
 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:18 pm

Homeless Shelter Hotline,Homeless Assistance & Prevention,Homeless Emergency Housing,Domestic Violence Emergency Housing.

http://santaclaraca.gov/plan_inspection/emergency-housing.html

The National Domestic Violence Hotline uses a nationwide database to provide crisis ... Mountain View, California 94041 Office Phone: 650-940-7850

http://www.isna.net/services/dv/resources/shelters.html

 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:21 pm
Where is she located in California? I use to volunteer at a Womens Shelter they are safe to go to.

National Coalition for the Homeless501 Soquel Ave., Ste. E Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Shelter Hotline: (831) 457-1741; (831) 728-4634; (831) 457-0511 Fax: (831) 426-3345 Email: hn0005@handsnet.org

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/resources/local/california.html

 

Blacktiger P (247)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:23 pm
OK, will send MO tomorrow, it will be postal as bank is closed Mondays.Also will be registered, so person needed to sign for it. Who may I put down as possible signee? send thru care2 personal mail.
 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:35 pm

No one will be homeless for the Holidays...

Shelters & Emergency Housing

http://www.hud.gov/local/ca/homeless/shelters.cfm

They need to call a shelter in California. Someone from the shelter may even come to get them or have the police escort them. I use to work in Battered Womens shelters in Illinois. There is a lot of help out there. They will even allow them to stay and help them get into a home.

She should also be getting public assistance and that will also help and does pay medical bills for her and her children. They will not be hungry or homeless. Also local pantries will also provide food along with any food stamps they would be getting. They have local pantires everywhere.


 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:35 pm
Will send something as well as well as prayers
 

. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:37 pm
I will help in any way possible....NOTED..thank you Sophia..
 

Jennie B (14)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:39 pm
Wrote her a note and suggested she apply for welfare because she may qualify now that she hasn't been paid child support - also don't know insurance situation of kids-any help from welfare is better than none-she needs to find out if they qualify for Food Stamps...also I think that any disability groups should help her: and this time of yr. churches, her kids' schools adopt famlies-in Austin here they feature families in need in the newspaper -would be good to have her story featured in her local paper -she would be "adopted" to receive needed help-incredible how much help people receive here -not only basic things they ask for, but much more-the Austin American Statesman does this every yr.-perhaps the big papers there do, too. She needs big time help re: local resources in her area - anyone who lives where she does and KNOWS THE RESOURCES like I do in my area, contact her, you can help her so much!!!!!! Also, if you work for the state and know what they provide, you can help her by telling her which agencies to contact and which ones to avoid. She should be contacting the Attorney General regarding her Child Support - he HAS TO PAY IT....if he had paid his child support she wouldn't be in this situation-that is KEY to this issue, too. Hope that's why y'all are talking about attorneys - They need to get on top of this EX and get Child Support ARREARS. If I worked in her State, I'd know more about what to do there....but I know we have people who do KNOW-where are you? Care2 members can help w/some $ but not much-the real solution is to get her to the resources that will help her SOLVE the problems that are causing this crisis. Noted
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:42 pm
We must be aware that there is a problem that California CPS could become involved. We DO NOT want to see Lauren lose the youngun's OK. So be VERY careful who you bring into the picture "lawyer wise".
Mary Des can possiblly be of assistance even tho she is further south.
 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:47 pm

Shelters Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Homeless Center 1600 E. Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA. 93305 ...... Downtown Women's Center of Amarillo - Homeless Shelter for Women

http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/shelters.html

Bakersfield Homeless Shelter. Bakersfield Homeless Center ... CA and is one of only a handful of homeless shelters in the state that accepts single fathers 1600 East Truxtun Avenue

http://kcsos.kern.org/kcccc/stories/storyReader$79

Emergency Shelter for Single Men & Women, Emergency Shelter f, ... Bakersfield Homeless Center 1600 E. Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93305

Phone 661-322-9199
FAX 661-322-9203
E-Mail dirbhc@bakhc.com

http://apps.grassroots.org/shelter_links/233.shtml

(661) 325-0863. Temporary shelter. Bethany Services (Bakersfield Homeless Shelter). 1600 E. Truxtun Avenue. Bakersfield, CA 93305

http://www.co.kern.ca.us/health/mcah/shelters.pdf

Homeless Shelters Directory.
Find It Near You!
http://www.usdirectory.com




 

MsR S (189)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:51 pm
I'm so glad this is "out" now & Lauren will get real help! I placed an indirect note on Craigslist, freecycle, etc... but haven't found anything feasible so far. She also has no transportation since her car is broken. As they say ...there, for Grace, go I . Anyone of us could be caught in such situation. It's good to know there's a community that cares. May we continue to receive many blessings that allow us to, also, give. Rz
 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:56 pm

If she is suffering and has been abandoned by the father of these children. She can go to a battered womens shelter and they will help her a lot. They will keep them all there, feed them and help her get employment and also find a home. I hope she is ok

Phone: (559)685-9515 Battered Womens Shelter 815 W Oak Ave # A, Visalia, CA Phone: (559)732-5941 Battered Women Information 1921 19th St, Bakersfield, CA

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224



 

Eternal Optimist (115)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 5:57 pm
Noted. Thanks Sophia. Prayers and money on its way to Lauren and her children. Much love :)
 

Gregory S (257)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:24 pm
Everyone can go to the Bakersfield government website and find out who sits on the city counsel as well as the board of supervisors. Let them know about Lauren's situation. It is their best interest publically and politically to extend their help to Lauren. Further, I would suggest that Lauren contact the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and find out how to qualify. Best Wishes, Lauren.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:33 pm
please also note laurens situation is further complicated as she has ms . this is a very courageous woman rasing 4 children with ms and disabilities

and lamargo that was a good point
and mai enchanted basque( love that name) thankyou and i thank everyone
let us make this a care 2 christmas campaign
 

Pam Shelton (124)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:34 pm
Thanks for bringing this to my attention Sophia. I'm glad that Lauren has shared with us about her situation. That takes true courage, her children are lucky to have her. I have sent a message to Lauren and have something ready to send to her with tomorrows mail. Anyone can find themselves in hard situations such as this through no fault of their own...followed by a downward spiral that seems impossible to stop...but Stay Strong Lauren...help is on the way. I am just glad that she is a part of this caring community filled with good people with BIG hearts.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:43 pm
gregory please post the site link
 

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:50 pm
If there's anyone more of a Care2 activist here...working tirelessly for the rights of women & children.....the fight against prejudice, discrimination....and showing, by example, what it means to be a true Care2'er, it's Lauren. She has touched & inspired all her friends and many others who have yet to get to know her. We must take her problems seriously & try our best to help out during this season of peace & happiness...giving & love. Please show someone working hard to keep her family together & healthy who we really are here on this site!

Please contact Lauren and offer to help her today....this really is an URGENT issue for her!
Thanks.....Kathy
 

Runningfox Moss (1698)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:52 pm
I believe it is very honorable and commendable to assist in helping people in need but when we assist and help them we must also ensure they make a concerted effort to help themselves at the same time..

Sometimes when we assist and help someone we make a mistake by over helping them and we in fact enable them to become lazy and not try harder to help themselves..Some people have become very proficient at getting others to help them..These are the same people who believe they are being picked on..They get a job but hold it for only a short time and then either get fired or quit..They then say they are unable to get another job and blame it on their poor work record. Many of these people begin steps to help themselves but quit after a very short time and never complete any self help project they begin..

I realize there are some people who are handicapped and unable to help as much as people who are not handicapped but even they should make some kind of effort to make their life better instead of waiting for a handout from others..I personally believe in giving a person in need of assistance a hand up but not a flat out hand out.



 

Blacktiger P (247)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 6:58 pm
Runningfox, for a comment of this caliber it seems obvious you do not this particular lady! In my opinion you have just taken space from someone who is actually able to help or make a suggestion of value. Yours does NOT
 

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Beverly L (72)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 7:18 pm
Lauren is one of the best people I know. She was one of my first friends on Care2 and has a huge heart. Her situation is dire, she has done so much for so many and it's our time to take care of her. Someone once asked me what I thought our purpose in life is and I truly believe it is to love and take care of each other.
 

Marisa D (24)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 7:23 pm
The Churches that I know that help out are Greg Lauries Church based out of Riverside Calif called Harvest Crusades. The other church that helps out children and would have families that could take them in would be Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church based out of Lake Forrest California 949-609-8000 His church has 85,0000 members!!!
 

Blair Miller (246)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 7:31 pm
I wish i could help but I am dealing with a similar situation. Facing homelessness and not able to go to a shelter as I am ill with sever Fibromyaligia and more. The shelters do not provide for people in my situaion. I wish you te best.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 8:01 pm
Thanx a ton to all my dear friends for their kind hearted angel prayers & blessings for me & now for these childrens. May I suggest somethings:-
Prepare a EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND FOR ALL CARE2.COM MEMBERS & open a bank account there we can deposit our contributions as per our wish & desires, where as care2.com system has the accounts for chariety, now we all may send our request to the care2 to help these childrens & the amount to be spent on these childrens we pay back to the care2.com after collections from all desired donors here, I am ready to deposit 5 % amount of my salory to the proposed fund every months.
Again thanx to all caring angels friends,
regards & love,
Naresh Kadyan
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 8:08 pm
Lauren is indeed for real, and a true Activist. She would never ask for anything for herself. It is her kids that are the worry. And her two cats. I am glad this got on CNN.
First I wanted to cry; then I got really angry. This should not be allowed to happen. There should be a safety net; and there isn't. The landlord should be held accountable, not be such a Scrooge. I know I am asking the impossible.
Thanks to all those who are working together on this.
--------------
I just read in her blog, that Lauren has finally today received mail from 2 landlords, prayers are answered, she feels at peace and is crying "HAPPY" tears. I can hardly hold my own back now.
 

(1)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 8:39 pm
I know Lauren is a good person and I wish to help I can send you 20.00 That is all I can afford I can send it using paypal but I donot know how I Have a paypal acount (But do not know how to do this I could get a moneyorder and send it to you and your kids if you wish I wish the best for you and the kids It saddens me to think that others can treat orders this way :)
 

Carolyn T (234)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 8:39 pm
B. Mutiny, let your tears out...I've been letting them flow since the first few posts. There has been such an outpouring of knowledge, contact information, problem solving, offers of financial help, prayers and--most importantly--love. If anyone wants to know what Christmas is, they can find the answer in this discussion and in Lauren herself. Many angels are very busy tonight. Lauren has sent her thanks to you.

Naresh, I hope we can follow up your idea and explore a $$$piggybank and a resource bank. What just the people on this page know blows me away. I am in awe of you...humbled by you...inspired by you...and proud to be among you. I will help as my situation permits and I know that whatever I can give will be put to good use. I do hope to hear more about Lauren's situation. Blessings to all.
 

(1)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 8:55 pm
I got the adress and will send her a card with a moneyorder tomorrow :)
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 9:18 pm
Thank you all so much. Never a better, more concerned group of people can be found anywhere, I believe.
Let me just clarify a few things before this gets out of hand;
Firstly I am NOT an abused woman. No man who values his tender bits would ever dare lay an unwelcomed hand on me.
Secondly, I DO get child support and SSI. The children and I get MediCal, so we can get medical attention when needed.
This has already become much more public than I wanted, but it's out here now so there's no stopping it. I do not want things to get twisted however. I do not really want this is my local newspaper or to get government officials involved as I'm not sure that it could be some threat to my children, etc...
Everyone is welcomed to their opinion and I agree that a hand UP is always better than a hand out. That is what I am asking for for my children's sake. A HAND UP.
There IS a shelter here that takes women and children and if it gets to that, we will go there. I am persuing various lead that I have found and that people have suggested. I have been doing this for quite some time now and the response I have gotten is that when we are 'officially homeless' to come back and there may be help, food stamps, etc...
I do not EXPECT anyone to care or to help or to do anything. But to those who have been so kind as to offer various assistance, from money to prayers, I am enternally grateful to you.
Let's not also forget that there are others here in need of help in so many ways. So if you don't like me or know me or whatever, please do help someone else. That is why we are here after all, to help each other, right?
So during this holiday season, if you can, pick a person, any person and do what you can to make there life a bit brighter.
Blair M and Sunshine Ray are two members off the top of my head that I know of who are also in need of help. I am sure there are many more as well.
Blessed Be all who Care2 make a difference!
 

Christy C (94)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 9:26 pm
Lauren is a genuine Friend ! She would be far from being given Too Much help- She's was Helping & Acting Online 'till the minute her Comp. was packed! She has been trying to Help Me with my situation and would take My Crying phone calls, Always there for Me, Not letting me know how fast HER situation spiraled down! She's got a heart of gold! I wish I could do more than vouch for her!
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 10:38 pm
Oh, by the way, Naresh mentioned something that already exists here. This is a great group of people who tried very hard to help me out before I lost my house, but by the time I became aware of the group, it was last minute and too late. But they are here and will help when people need assistance.
Care2 EMERGENCY SERVICES.
 

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 10:55 pm
What about the Red Cross and the Salvation Army? I have known the Army to have done GREAT THINGS! I will also help to the best of my ability....
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 12:14 am
lauren
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT FEEL YOU HAVE TO MAKE APOLOGIES OR DEFEND YOURSELF THE COMMENT MADE BY RUNNING FOX WAS FRANKLY DISGRACEFUL.& HE WILL BE MAKING NO FURTHER COMMENTS ONT HIS POST.THIS IS WHAT CARE2 IS HERE FOR. IF WE CANOT HELP EACH OTHER WHOM DO WE HELP? ONLY THOSE FAR AWAY? YOU ARE A VERY DEAR COURAGEOUS WOMAN AND THATS THE TRUTH .
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday December 3, 2007, 2:24 am

I have known Lauren for some time on C2 and must say that Runningfox Moss' comment is really off base as concerns Lauren.

This is NOT someone who lacks energy and determination, on the contrary : she is the epitome of energy and determination. She is NOT a person who lazily sits back waiting and expecting easy solutions and/or easy money ! She is USUALLY in the opposite position and that is what we all know her for : speaking out for others, defending others, using her considerable energy to enroll us in all the right and just causes and getting to the truth ! And this besides being the mom of the four beautiful children we see in the picture and being physically challenged with MS and RA. "Challenged" is really the right word for her, because Lauren isn't interested in limits, only stretching them and going beyond them !

In fact, Lauren's housing problem has been growing for some time now, has been some time in the making, and because she was so reticent about airing the problem, it has only now reached Front Page and become publicized ! Had she been less shy about this, we might have saved the house !

Now that it has become a genuine emergency, we need to TAKE ACTION !
I have no connections in California nor do I know anyone in real estate anywhere, but last week I sent a card for Lauren's birthday with some $$$ which is the best I can do and I hope that we can contribute enough to get together a downpayment for a new house !
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 3:08 am
I have to give a shout out to all the wonderful people on Care2 who really reach out to folks truly in need of help. If there was ever an overflow of true love and kindness you folks would all have golden hearts. May you all have a beautiful Christmas and Lauren you will continue to be in my prayers and remember miracles happen on Christmas. I am praying for one for my sister as we speak.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 5:21 am
Here comes a bit of cash, Lauren. (No big deal, I know that you'd do it for any of us, so no feeling funny about taking when you need to!) And I meant it about my house.
 

Sammantha L (126)
Monday December 3, 2007, 6:04 am
Hi Lauren.....just put something in the mail for you, sorry it can't be more. There are a lot of people needing miracles and help out there, and my hope is that all prayers are answered this season. Blessed Be.
 

Stephanie Huyton (223)
Monday December 3, 2007, 6:25 am
I really wish I could help in some way as I have been in the same situation a few years ago, but at the moment I am struggling myself, but I will keep Lauren and her family in my thoughts and prayers, and I think all the members who are helping are the most wonderful people I have seen, if there was a golden star you would each get one from me.

Love and Hugs
Steph
 

Dusty K (1339)
Monday December 3, 2007, 6:49 am
Can send money thru paypal account Lauren......I can vouch for Lauren as well...having spoke with her via phone a few months back...all the work and tireless giving she has brought to Care2. And she was one of my first friends here as well....sending her love and light to everyone. Have no doubts, this is legit....and was very hard for her to come forward with! Hang in their Lauren!!!!
 

Alexander D (79)
Monday December 3, 2007, 8:10 am
Noted... I live in Bakersfield and have contacted Lauren via email. I'm behind in my finances as well, but have a decent network here in Bakersfield. I'll do what I can to help out.
 

Cheryl B (375)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:21 am
USUALLY I IGNORE TROLLS AND FALSE PROFILE, BUT AS MY SITUATION IS EVEN MORE COMPLICATED AND SEVERE THAN LAUREN''S I HAVE BEEN HESITATN TO GO PUBLIC, ASKING FOR HELP IS HARD ESPECIALLY WHEN IGNORNAT AND STUPID PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND DISABILITIES, THOSE YOU CAN SEE AND THOSE YOU CAN NOT, LET ALONE THAT SHE HAS 4 CHILDREN AND HER HUSBAND HAS BAILED OUT ON CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS WHY DON'T YOU SPEND SOME POSITIVE TIME AND WRITE THE GOVERNMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON BAIL OUT FATHERS
 

Cheryl B (375)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:24 am
THAT WASN'T EVEN POSTEDWHEN I POSTED MINE, FLAGGED
 

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:24 am
first you are an abrasive individual Mr Employed, second if you had not read the article then you should not have commented, had you read it you would have known that Lauren is disabled. And any responsible parent needs to have internet for kids to be competitive in school these days. Take care Lauren hope it all works out.
 

Cheryl B (375)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:25 am
THAT WASN'T EVEN POSTEDWHEN I POSTED MINE, FLAGGED, FLAG THE COMMENTS PLEASE AND THE FAKE PROFILE, I MIGHT EVEN HAVE AN IDEA WHO IT IS
 

Cheryl B (375)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:27 am
THAT WASN'T EVEN POSTEDWHEN I POSTED MINE, FLAGGED, FLAG THE COMMENTS PLEASE AND THE FAKE PROFILE, I MIGHT EVEN HAVE AN IDEA WHO IT IS
 

Cheryl B (375)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:32 am
i''VE FLAGGED THE COMMENTS AND THE FILE AND ASKIED CARE2 TO REMOVE THEM BOTH, PLEASE DO THE SAME
http://www.care2.com/c2c/people/profile.html?pid=749343534
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:36 am
sunshine dear dont get excoted, that person is the very same troll sick very very very psychotic troll who for many many moths plagued and still plagues care2 in different names
just flag hi amd i will write toc are personally
He frankly should be locked up and the key thrown away
 

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:40 am
I'm am certain Runningfox meant no disrespect, that is a very clear Baha'i view of charity and independence, and a good one too, just not applicable here.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:42 am
sunshine dear dont get excoted, that person is the very same troll sick very very very psychotic troll who for many many moths plagued and still plagues care2 in different names
just flag hi amd i will write toc are personally
He frankly should be locked up and the key thrown away
 

Denise Reiser (42)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:42 am
God bless you and yours Lauren, my friend. Hugs
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:44 am
sunshine dear dont get excoted, that person is the very same troll sick very very very psychotic troll who for many many moths plagued and still plagues care2 in different names
just flag hi amd i will write toc are personally
He frankly should be locked up and the key thrown away
 

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:45 am
I'm am certain Runningfox meant no disrespect, that is a very clear Baha'i view of charity and independence, and a good one too, just not applicable here.
 

La Olsen (134)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:51 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you! Isn't it nice to see so many people responding to you? The Lord works in mysterious ways friend! I have provided for a family for Christmas otherwise I would help you out definately. I simply cannot afford it, but I could help in other ways?!! I am here for you!
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Monday December 3, 2007, 11:46 am
Lauren. I know I promised to send something to help you. Well, when I got up this morning, World Vision was on and I saw the children and thought about your beautiful healthy cherubs. I know you are going to be fine, you WILL come out the other side. These children are looking at a far different future. SO in the names of you and your kids I am sponsoring a "Child of Hope", 1 of 3 boys; his name: Ntanda Kibwe,age 5, Birthday:Feb 2/02. Their area will get training and education for the extra sum of $5.00 a mon. and the education includes the work of stopping FGM and MGC. I made sure of this before I committed to the sponsorship.
SO with love ,light and Blessings .
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Monday December 3, 2007, 12:49 pm
OMG Lamargo! That is the greatest thing you could do! That makes my heart swell up. You are so good. Blessed Be!
We will be fine, I know that. I am so deeply grateful for all the wonderful people here, friends and strangers alike. I do so deeply appreciate the kind words, the gifts, the prayers.
I have people saying, "all I can do is send prayers". I thank you enormously for that. Never feel like a prayer is not enough. Prayers join together and vibrate the Universal web to create change. Even now things are looking brighter and that is from prayer.
I didn't take the comment from Runningfox as an afront in any way. I agree that one should be as independant as possible and not ask for a 'hand out', but sometimes we ALL need a hand up. No offense at all, as the person he described is NOT me.
You ALL sincerely are the greatest collection of souls I have ever found. The hard work, the commitment, the kindness you have shown my family and show to others all over the world every day is nothing short of amazing!
I missed the trolls, I will have to read my messages. Don't allow them to stress you. We all know who these nasty people really are anyway. Karma is a funny thing, you get back what you give out. So whatever you give should always be good.
Thank you again and forever. ALL OF YOU!
Peace & Bright Blessings,
Lauren
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Monday December 3, 2007, 1:10 pm
Lauren you have been one of my first friends here since I joined Care2 and I will do anything in my power here from Australia to help you as you know....I can also say that Lauren is a true activist here on Care2 and even while she has been going through this trauma (which has been for a while now) she has been here still happy and not letting on to most that she has a real Emergency in her own life...Lauren Kudos to you for being so brave and you are a wonder Mother to your children and they must be so grateful to have such a loving and caring Mom........Everyone also don't forget the candle room too....Candles can be lit for all Care2 members needing prayers for whatever reason, and there are already ones in there for Lauren and her family also...........This way we have one room we can all go to and light candles and keep up with them all...

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=Care2
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 1:49 pm
noted, and thanks for sending
 

Sharon Ross (216)
Monday December 3, 2007, 4:26 pm
Noted.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this sad and difficult time.God bless you and your children,Love Sharon.
 

Kerry S (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 4:58 pm
I think Running Fox does have a good point that some of you may want to consider, and I too do not think he meant any disrespect but more of a "Red flag. "
My first thought when I saw the headline was "Oh boy somebody found out about this sight and is going to try to take advantage of these people." You all have very big hearts, and as I see it, can be at times maybe a little naive, I only say this because I do not know any of you, I have no personal experience with any of you, and quite frankly am very skeptical of people asking for help on line. Look around folks, there are many scams out there. This is apparently not one of them, but it certainly doesn't mean that there might not be others coming down the line....Just remember to beware of those who will always have a tough story. The fact that there are many resouces out there for folks and others have compiled a list here I am sure can be a great resource to others who may find this site. I am glad that Lauren is receiving the help she needs, but also the story did in fact get quite blown out of proportion along the way-which is also something else to make me even more warry of stories such as Lauren's.
I do hope my comments are taken in the spirit meant and not as an attack towards Lauren and her situation.
That having been said, I also think that censoring Running Fox is a bit drastic-and seems a bit Orewellian as well-it leaves me with the feeling that if I say something that is not in line with others are saying that I too may be "silenced" hmmm and this kind of action is unlike the situation we have in this country in what way? Be careful not to become that which you dispise....Namaste
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Monday December 3, 2007, 5:26 pm
Kerry S..with all due respect..You only joined Care2 on Friday 30th Nov 2007. Most of us helping Lauren know her as a friend over years...not days. We know there are scammers even here on Care2 but please before you point fingers go to a persons profile and check out how active they have been before you judge them here. Lauren is one of the most honest and active members here on Care2.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 7:45 pm
kerry mind your business i know who you are
and im not afraid of your mouth
whom i block in this forum/post is my business
and to use this post as a mouthpiece for your merde is unnaceptable if your ead the post you would know most of us know lauren well but you have your own agenda
and are not interested in anyone but yourself
and guess what ! yopu are blocked! and i will block your butt no matter what handle you choose eventually
 

Phyllis P (232)
Monday December 3, 2007, 9:29 pm
I will mail a Christmas card at the end of the week w/some money. I hope it helps and I will pray for her and her children.
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Monday December 3, 2007, 10:39 pm
There's no need to block anyone except the rude, cursing, name calling trolls. I have no issue with people's opinions. Though this is Sophia's post and her choice to do as she sees best.
There are indeed scammers all over. I have fallen prey to a scammer myself who was on this site. It is not naivete', but I believe, great compassion that sometimes causes us not to look deeper.
I have been here since 1999. I didn't just drop out of the sky with my hand out and a sob story. The last thing I wanted to do was even tell anyone outside of my closest circle of friends that this was happening. I was convinced by these same friends that the best thing to do to help my children would be to turn to the community that I love and work in for what I need.
Many people here may not like my 'style' and I know some think I can be abrasive or pushy. They are probably right. It is passion that drives me to be here, to do what I do. No one who knows anything at all about me, whether they like me or not, can honestly say that I am not a dedicated and compassionate activist.
There are so many here who are just that, dedicated and compassionate and I am HONORED to be among you. The overwhelming positive response from this community towards my family is truly awe inspiring. YOU PEOPLE ROCK!!! I will never be able to express how deeply grateful I am for all of you.
 

Corinne d (103)
Monday December 3, 2007, 10:45 pm
Loren, I sent you a little Christmas gift via PAYPAL, eat something daily, Loren, or for Christmas, please.
Be healthy -- your children need you.
My prayers are with you, too, Corinne D.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2007, 10:50 pm
Sophia, you are truly an angel to do all you can to help this woman and her family. My thoughts are with them, and to all who commented here with suggestions on ways to help...this is truly the meaning of the holiday....
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Monday December 3, 2007, 10:53 pm
Lauren you NEVER NEED TO EXPLAIN.... A problem shared is a problem solved...you need help from us, you can't do all this on your own...x
 

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 1:41 am
A True Christmas Story, sounds like we have another one in the making.....

In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies

and just 75 cents in my pocket. Their father was gone..
The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was
two Their Dad had never been much more than appearance they feared.
Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they
would scramble to hide under their beds.

He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries.

Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings,
but no food either.

If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that
time, I certainly knew nothing about it.

I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my
best homemade dress. loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy
and drove off to find a job.

The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our
small town. No luck.

The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I
tried to convince whomever would listen that I was willing to learn
or do anything. I had to have a job.

Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of
town, was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in that had been converted
to a truck stop. It was called the Big Wheel.

An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the
window from time to time at all those kids. She needed someone on
the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning. She
paid 65 cents an hour and I could start that night.

I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat
for people. I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa
for a dollar a night. She could arrive with her pajamas on and
the kids would already be asleep. This seemed like a good
arrangement to her, so we made a deal.

That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we
all thanked God for finding Mommy a job. And so I started at the
Big Wheel.

When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent
her home with one dollar of my tip money--fully half of what I
averaged every night. As the weeks went by, heating bills added a
strain to my meager wage.
The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny
balloons and began to leak.

I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every
morning before I could go home.

One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and
found four tires in the back seat. New tires! There was no note, no
nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires.

Had angels taken up residence in Indiana? I wondered. I made a deal
with the local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new tires,
I would clean up his office.
I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor
than it did for him to do the tires.

I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't
enough. Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money
for toys for the kids.

I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some
old toys. Then hid them in the basement so there would be something
for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning.

Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on
the boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.

On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the
Big Wheel. These were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a
state trooper named Joe. A few musicians were hanging
around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the
pinball machine. The regulars all just sat around and talked
through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home
before the sun came up.

When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas
morning I hurried to the car. I was hoping the kids wouldn't wake
up before I managed to get home and get the presents from the basement
and place them under the tree.
(We had cut down a small cedar tree by the side
of the road down by the dump.)
It was still dark and I couldn't see much, but
there appeared to be some dark shadows in the car-or was that just a
trick of the night? Something certainly looked different, but it was
hard to tell what. When I reached the car I peered warily into one of
the side windows. Then my jaw dropped in amazement.

My old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with boxes of all
shapes and sizes. I quickly opened the driver's side door, crumbled
inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat.

Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box. Inside was
whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10! I looked inside
another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans. Then I
peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and
bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for
baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes.

There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour.

There was hole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items.

And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll..

As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the
most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude.
And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my
little ones that precious morning.

.....Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December..

And they all hung out at the Big Wheel truck stop....

THE POWER OF PRAYER. God still sits on the throne, the devil is a
liar. You maybe going through a tough time right now but God is
getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the
faith.

My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to
bless, and I picked you.

Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed.
This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we
receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards.

Let's continue to pray for one another.
Here is the prayer:....

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and email buddies
reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of
Your love and power.

No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow
waiting

Remember, you are NEVER alone for
the Lord and His Son Will ALWAYS be with you!!
 

Jenna D (13)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 7:49 am
I will do whatever I can do to help. Lauren seems like a wonderful person and she doesnt deserve to go through this. I know she would do the same for the rest of us
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 10:49 am
Sorry I don't have anything to give or I would. My thoughts and prayer are with you.
 

Cheryl B (375)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 3:11 pm
PLEASE CHECK HER BLOG FOR PAYPAL WE MAY BE ABLE TO PULL TOGETHER FIRST MONTHS RENT TO PULL HER THROUGH, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. CAPS EAISER FOR ME NOT YELLING. THANK YOU ALL OF YOU.
 

Cheryl B (375)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 3:12 pm
PRAYERS TOO, NEVER DOUBT THE POWER OF PRAYER ESPECIALLY GROUPS OF PEOPLE
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 3:13 pm
Great Idea Sunshine....every bit helps when you first move house...especially with holidays Christmas and chiildren....
 

Jaclin S (230)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 3:30 pm
I am just returning to Care2 after sorting out some financial stuff of mine - and to hear and read of my first friend on Care 2's situations shocked me - I am so sorry Lauren - there is not much I can do but pray and stay positive for you - and for people who do not know Lauren she is "AN EARTH ANGEL" who goes that xtra mile for others - I know that all our Care2 friends who are able will do their utmost to help Lauren and her family in their hour of need.
May Mother Earth Hold You & Yours In Her Hands Lauren and May The Shining One Light Your Way Always.
Love, Light & Blessings
J
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 5:42 pm
To those reading screen no matter Laurens status .She is still our sister in Christ and her family.We will pray and help because we have been handed the true love which lies in the heart.We are all gods children and chariy[love] is the key
many blessings, [kiata] kenny
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 6:09 pm
Many of you know that for weeks I have been emailing apt managers and landlords, as I have no working car at this time. I have been talking to a lady who has a house that I can afford AND is big enough for us too. PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY that her heart is touched so that she will let me rent this house. Her name is Donna.
Thank you ALL so much for everything!
 

Pat B (356)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 7:36 pm
good luck lauren, and our prayers are with you!!! god bless.
 

Maureen S (122)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 7:43 pm
Greetings Goddess Lauren, I have e-mailed you at the above addy. I will do all I can to assist you at this difficult time!!! Barry you are a true love for having made sure I caught this one. And to all my other friends here at C2, no . . . she has not drowned with her precious whales!!! LOL Let me hear from you Lauren, and to anyone else who is unfamiliar with this incredible woman, I add my voice to all the others in her support here. Love & Blessings Sister, Maureen
 

Maureen S (122)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 7:44 pm
Ooopppsss . . . sorry!!! Thank you and bless you as always Sophia for posting this in the news!!! *smile* Love & hugz. =)
 

Christine C (16)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 7:49 pm
Lauren, I am just beginning to get more involved in Care2 and find peace and encouragement through so much on this site, especially the incredible people. Truly, God has blessed you to be having this experience and to be receiving the love and friendship that you have given unconditionally to so many others come back toward you. Grateful friends are only the Lord in disguise, looking after His own. It is clear that you have many grateful friends. I, too, am grateful that you have touched my life. I pray that Donna is guided by God to let you rent her house and I pray for all your family and friends.
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Tuesday December 4, 2007, 9:12 pm
Lauren when wil you know if "Donna" will rent you the house...this is getting desperate, so time is of the essence.
 

Robin B (14)
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 1:36 am
Dear Lauren...first may GOD bless you and your children...I have prayed for your family.
I know what it is like to be disabled and homeless. We lost our home in 1999, it went to foreclosure sale on Dec 28th. For a month before I lived without electricity, phone, etc. My car was repo'd, my husband had had a heart problem that left him unable to work at the time and because of the stress he left. I attempted suciide as I saw no way out of any of it. I SURVIVED. GOD had another plan for me. My husband came back and we started over. Unfortunately my illness got worse and I am now on total disability and we had to declare bankruptcy, but I am BLESSED, I have so much more than many people do.
Why am I telling you this, why am I divuldging my very private life to anyone I do not know?...Because I want you to know that there is life on the other side of crisis.

I am sending you what I can for you and your family and I will keep you in my prayers and my thoughts and I hope with all my heart that you will remain strong and courageous. I also hope this chain of helping hands never breaks.
God bless .
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 2:50 am
Robin, as long as there are people such as here on this thread the Lord, God/Goddess, whom ever is in charge of all here on Mother Earth,will show there be Angels on Earth.We have been through the troubles or have family who have, and it is Love, Respect, and pure guts that get us through.Blessed Be.
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 3:21 am
Thank you Robin. I am always optimistic. Any of my friends here can tell you I still have my sense of humor, I am still working for others and I know there is a lesson in this and we will come out better on the other side. This is the season to let go of the past and unwanted things so we might be open and ready for the blessings to come.

I thank for sharing. MOST Americans, or a large percentage anyway, live with no savings, which means no safety net and from check to check. It is not irresponsibility that brings a person here, it is simply economics. A lost job, an illness, a late check and it starts you on a downward spiral that it's hard to recover from. This can happen to almost anyone.

It was literally a late support check and just a few hundred dollars that landed us here. In our case, where we live the utilities are sub metered, which means the landlord reads the meters and charges everything on the same bill. EVERYTHING, rent, gas, electric, trash, sewer, water.....So it's an ALL or nothing deal. No partial payments and a whopping late fee. I could not pay the rent and wait on the electric or something like that. It all had to be paid at once every month. That was always hard. It also disqualified us from getting assistance from the various places that will help with utility bills and such.

In the long run this will be a good thing. Moving somewhere else where things can be more manageable will be much better. It is scary not to know where we will go, but at the same time I am looking forward to a new start somewhere else. It is just a matter of FINDING that somewhere else.

There are services available as so many have posted various resources. The truth is however, that these places also have budgets and limitations. They cannot give money they do not have or shelter when they are at or over capacity. Many services as well, are available ONLY when you are homeless.

This community is truly AMAZING. We ALL are BLESSED to be apart of this.
 

Kristin Thieringer (77)
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 7:50 am
Gosh... I sooooooooooooo wish there was something I could do for you... when I read your story... I realize that you are sooooooooooo much in the SAME boat as me...we want to save the world, yet, saving ourselves is sooo difficult.. I have posted this to my facebook news profile, which many see... I will be in prayer for you and also your family...I also want to say that although I can not offer finances, I CAN offer a ear and shoulder and heart.... I , too, am sooooooooo overwhelmed by soo many hurdles and most days, this care2 network is all I can come to... there are many of us who truly do empathize and understand..I'm sorry that I can not do more.. I am here for you my fellow Sister in Christ... Trust in the Lord, and lean not on our/your own understanding...that is all I can do for myself...HE will not fail us.... Sincerely...Kristin
 

Maureen S (122)
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 10:12 am
Greetings All,

Lauren, I just read the thread on the utilities issue. May I suggest that you call the Governor's office??? PUBLIC UTILITIES ARE NOT SOMETHING A PROPERTY OWNER CAN GAIN FROM . . . and all these "management companies" are doing this so-called sub-metering!!! It seems to me (unless Landlord Tenant laws have changed THAT drastically in CA) that there has to be a way to block this from EVER happening to anyone again. A class action suit would be good (and no she's not suggesting that you do that at all!!! =P) . . . and we here in WA at the complex I live at are considering just that as the company who is billing us for water, sewer, garbage are in CALIFORNIA!!! ??? Go figure. It's greed and that's it.

Anyway, I just wanted to add a little note to you Dear Lady . . . and my prayers for the house from Donna are loud and strong!!! For all the others here that are joining in on this thread . . . THANK YOU!!! I am sorry for not being more "visible" of late . . . going through some things myself. It's that time of year. I know that you will be comfy in a new home soon . . . and BEFORE the holidays are upon us. If I have to Lauren . . . I will bloody drive down to CA to help out!!! *smile*

Thanks again Sophia . . . and hang in there Lauren. The Lady is with you and guiding you and I feel that in the end this is going to work out so much better for you and your beautiful children!!! Love & blessings always,
Maureen
 

Marian E (152)
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 8:12 pm

Lauren, my thoughts are with you and yours, and Sophia, thank you.
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Thursday December 6, 2007, 12:15 am
Thank you all so much. Donna has emailed my an application , that I have returned and tomorrow I will fax some documents and we will speak on the phone. Her house is about 3 hours north of here, that's why. I cannot go there first, but I have seen photos of the home and we have been emailing. This feels like the right move for us.

Again, I am so deeply grateful for the remarkable outpouring of kindness and straight out LOVE that this community has shown. My children as well are very appreciative and moved. They said, "You're friends are AWESOME!" And indeed, you ALL are awesome.

A special THANKS and great love to Sophia! Honestly I nearly fainted when she emailed and said she had done this. But I am grateful. And know that at the time she submitted this and monitored the thread, she was at home, seriously SICK! But instead of resting and taking care of herself, she was busy taking care of us. Blessed Be Dear Heart. I will never forget this!
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Thursday December 6, 2007, 12:21 am
Great News Lauren that at least the wheels are now in motion. I will keep praying and lighting candles in the Care2 Candle room, that this home will be yours and the right move for your family. xx
To Sophia...Yes she was supposed to be resting but as usual Sophia was still monitoring work she had begun...Kudos to you also Sophia, and with us all banding together for Lauren and her Family hopefully this Christmas for them will be a wonderful and precious gift...
 

Davida P (283)
Thursday December 6, 2007, 10:54 am
Lauren
Wishing you my best for the new housing situation, and I have sent something.
 

Cheryl B (375)
Thursday December 6, 2007, 10:57 am
Great News Lauren
 

Susan H (27)
Thursday December 6, 2007, 12:56 pm
I have been saying prayers and have a candle lit in my home for you Lauren. Is there still an address money can be sent to? I am finally able to help. Someone send me a message on this!!!!
Love & Blessings!
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday December 6, 2007, 6:22 pm
lauren, keep us posted on your situation, and we all will continue with our prayers and faith that all turns out well for you and your children. good luck, and again, and again.....god bless ;-)
 

Melanie Kozik (0)
Friday December 7, 2007, 4:09 pm

I do not believe that anyone can be evicted with children during the winter legally. SOCIAL sERVICES WILL SEE TO IT -- i HAVE HELPED SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THAT SITUATION STAY PUT UNTIL WELL INTO THE SPRINGTIME. sorry - caps lock -

Also, Your local Salvation Army will provide you with the food, clothes for both you and all your kids and all the other essentials as well - THAT is a fact. Reach out to them!! I watch it being done - I donate to them regularly and help at their soup kitchen.

And at least you still have the internet so you can reach out for help!

My check is in the mail.

SINCERELY. Melanie


 

Emm Dee W (28)
Friday December 7, 2007, 6:18 pm
Lauren-- if my own plight were not similar to yours, I would give you all that you need and then some-- However, I am struggling with a disabled parent and all of that parents debt plus my own.

I offer you the one gift that has never failed me-- that of prayer and know that when my financial blessing comes, so too shall yours--

I believe in giving to those who need a hand up and at some given point in time in this story we call Real Life 101-- Trust that everyone has his/her turn at the mill of hardship.

God is with you and so too are my prayers. Your children will be fine and struggle does as Mr. Douglas proposed , "create progress." Stay strong and connected to the only Master worth serving~ OUR FATHER GOD.

Holding you in the light for immediate relief and blessings-- Your Care2 Friend Emm Dee B.
 

Joyce C (17)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 3:02 am
I do feel terrible for you and yours Lauren. I do think though contacting the red cross may be a very good idea. Also it says that you have some physical problems,mainly ms.Have you tried contacting the ms society? I am not sure what they do for folks but it may be worth a shot. My company is sponsoring a family for the holidays in conjunction with the local salvation army. Perhaps a company might help with this also? A big company in your city.Also from experience from people I have talked with that own property, it does not seem to me that it is all that easy to evict. Now I realize you are probably not the typical person who is a bad tenent, but either way, legally I would think you have some rights and can hang on somehow in your present home at least until winter is over. Again I may be misinformed and of course all states are different. I will add you to my prayers, and hope that God will help you. I know at times I have faced similar situations and God has always come through by way of other folks. Hang in there!
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 3:45 am
Has anyone heard from Lauren in the past couple of days.... I am worried she has not added here..hope all is okay with her and and family ..xxx
 

Barry Seth (118)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 7:05 am
Ali -

I last heard from Lauren on Thursday. She said she hoped to hear from Donna on that day.
 

Pat B (356)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 10:01 am
i heard from lauren yesterday via email...she got my card. ;-)
 

Maia W (7)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 2:14 pm
Well, I am just impressed by the outpouring of charity and positive wishes. I can't claim to know Lauren directly, but I have seen the work she has done over the years here at Care2 and admire her compassion and believe she is truly deserving of the kindness the folks here have shown. My spouse has been out of work for a while so I cannot offer anything financially right now, but my thoughts are with you and your family for brighter days ahead soon. I just hope Lauren is off-line getting ready for a move to her new home.

Brightest blessings, Lauren.
 

Melissa McCullough (6)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 8:49 pm
help is on the way; god bless lauren and all her good friends.
the treatment of the poor, the disabled and minorities in this "land of the free" is shameful.
compassion and charity are not weaknesses, but the only tools with which greed and indifference can be defeated.
peace,
melissa
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 6:52 am
I have good news and bad news....I have secured a new home, about 3 hours north of here. It is a very rural area that I think will be nice for the children. Most of my friends live in my computer, as does my work, so it doesn't matter where I am.

The bad news is that the owner really screwed me on the deposit and move in costs, so we can't move in until I get another child support check. I will have to rent a u-haul, have the utilities changed into my name, my car must be repaired or I will be stuck with no way to get into the nearby town for food, etc...I guess I'd better hurry and get in good with my new neighbors ;-)

That too though has it's good side. The children will stay and finish this quarter at school. The winter break is in 2 weeks. So they will not have to be disrupted too much. They won't miss their school parties and can have ample time to say 'so long' to their friends and such. We will move just days before xmas. They can start at their new schools in Jan.

I have a couple of days left to leave here and am still not finished clearing out all our stuff, so I need to get busy on that and find lodging for a couple of weeks.

Also I am quite sad that my oldest daughter will be so far away. She lives with a friend and will remain here :-( But we will speak on the phone daily and see each other at least once a month. As it is now, we speak daily and see each other almost daily. It's hard when your children get older and start to move into their own independent lives.

So there is much still that has to be done. The house is MUCH smaller than where we are now, so I will likely need to get another storage unit close to the new place and start eBaying off the things we don't really need or have room for. Already we have made substantial donations to the local homeless shelter.

NO room for clutter or extra things. That is good too. I have WAY TO MUCH STUFF. I keep saying I am going to 'downscale', so now I have no choice and cannot procrastinate on this. Also it offers a way to be creative and 're-assign' items to new uses, ie...I have a lovely bakers rack that will not fit into the new kitchen/dining area, so that will find a new life as a bookshelf in one of the girl's rooms.

I do so greatly appreciate everyone's kindness, concern and loving support! Truly I cannot find words that are adequate to express how deeply touched we all (my family and I) have been by the amazingly wonderful spirit of Care2 members, old friends and new friends. THANK YOU seems not enough, but for lack of a better phrase, THANK YOU! THANK YOU ALL!!

Peace & Bright Blessings,
Lauren and family
 

Stephanie Huyton (223)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 10:36 am
Hi Lauren.
I am so glad to hear your good news about the house, and I wish you and your family all the best for the future! I will be keeping you all in my thoughtsand prayers.

Love and Hugs
Steph
 

Ali Hirst (286)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 2:55 pm
Lauren glad to hear you got the house but sorry their are so many obstacles in the way in the meantime...I am praying for more miracles for you too. xx
 

Maria P (39)
Wednesday December 19, 2007, 2:16 am
Hello Lauren, Sorry I can't help as I am disabled and also have a disabled daughter so we are both on limited income. I wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so very happy for you that you got a home. I al also on the Section 8 HUD housing list and yes it takes along time.
Material things can always be replace honey so take the important things and pictures , documents etc. There are always places around that help with furniture and stuff.

God Bless and I hope you all have a happy X-Mas.
I am going to add you to my friends list if this is ok.

Hugs to you and your children
 
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