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Family first

Edgara nd Maria are married and have 4 children but have recently become of family of 10. Edgar’s brother and sister-in-law have had drug addictions which have made their home a hostile environment for their children. Edgar and Maria agreed to welcome their nieces and nephews into their home as a temporary safe haven. While Edgar is employed full-time, the needs of the additional children proved to be a financial strain on the family. Our local partners have been able to begin bringing Food Paks, which has helped the family and the children to meet a real need in a serious family crisis.  ...

  Areas, Stories, United States

Selfless in the Midwest

Regardless of the fact that Olivia herself needed assistance, she was giving aid to another family and even giving the Food Paks she received from us to them first. Olivia did not approach us for additional help. We ultimately found out that she was unemployed and was not receiving any government assistance for her and her four children. Her husband was able to find work out of state and he returns home about once a month to visit his family. When we first called Olivia she was very surprised to hear from us. We set up a day to visit her at home and to our surprise she was not planning on  ...

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Floods in Illinois

Tremendous rainstorms hit northern Illinois and Indiana in April causing some of the worst flooding in Illinois history. Jayna (11), Tanaya (7), and their mother Lakeisha were evacuated from their basement apartment in Hammond, Indiana, just before the floodwaters poured in. When they returned home, they found six inches of water throughout the apartment. To make matters worse, the water was heavily mixed with sewage, which meant that everything the water touched had to be destroyed. It also meant that the entire home needed to be thoroughly cleaned before they could move back  ...

  Areas, Stories, United States

Hope in San Antonio

Joe and Holly live in San Antonio, Texas with their little girl. Though they live on the affluent north side of the city, Joe recently lost his job and has been unable to find work for some time now. Many young families split up when they succumb to the economic and social pressures that accompany the difficulties of poverty, but Joe and Holly have chosen to remain together, no matter what. However, the problems have not gone away. A few months ago they were buying food at a local grocery store when one of our local volunteers and her daughter noticed them. Seeing the baby and noticing  ...

  Areas, Stories, United States


On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast coast of the United States, taking 139 lives and leaving thousands displaced or homeless. Mary and Jim, both in their 70s, evacuated shortly before Superstorm Sandy came onshore. When they returned, their home was completely destroyed. “The only things we were able to salvage were some pictures, pots and pans, and some glassware,” said Mary. After nearly three years of shuttling between the houses of their children, in July 2015, Mary and Jim were able to move back into their home, which was rebuilt by IRT’s team of skilled  ...