Friday, January 09, 2009

Follow-up News Story on ABC


Last night on the 6:00 news, KGO Channel 7 (ABC) ran a follow-up story about Katy and Liz. Reporter Karina Rusk did the first story and wanted to report on what's happening regarding the "homeless blogging teen" finding a house. Karina would like to do a third story when Katy and Liz move into new housing. I'll keep you posted on that.

The news story showed some of Katy's artwork. I know that girl's got a great career ahead of her in art. (When you click on the link above, click on photo #2 to load the video.)

After the news show I received this email from a gal named Jessica. I'm running it with a hyperlink to her email address with her permission. Do you or someone in your sphere of influence know a person or organization in Merced, California, who could help?
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Hello. My name is Jennifer and I am currently staying at the motel 6 in santa clara where katy and liz stay (or did stay). I saw the newscast and it tug at my heartstrings. My fiance and I are in the same boat. We are moving from here tomorrow to los banos to stay with my fiance's family (for a couple days). We found an apartment for $600 in Merced and with my fiance's SSI benefits, we can afford that. Unfortunately, EHC lifebuilders will not help us with the deposit because it is out of the county. I was wondering if you or any of your readers know of anywhere in Merced County that might help us with the deposit. We can make the rent every month. We just need the deposit to move in. My mom and I have read many of your books and I really enjoy them.
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If you can help Jennifer, please click on her name to email her directly. Please put "Forensics and Faith blog" in your subject line so she'll know it's not spam.

If more news comes up I'll post it as updates over the weekend. Happy Friday, BGs. And thanks to all of you for following this story all week.


5 comments:

Pam Meyers said...

Brandilyn,
There's something wrong with the video. It doesn't play.

But I read the transcript that was with the video screen. I'm so grateful for all the help they are getting.

It reminds me of that song we used to sing. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. Was one line. You were the spark and God took it and look what happened!!

Michelle said...

I can't see the video either... I hope eventually we'll all be able to!

Thanks for all the good you do, it's inspiring!

kimmykins said...

Non-profit in Merced that helps with deposit and rental assistance.

http://www.mercedcaa.org/

Merced County Community Action Agency

Contact Us:
Housing Department
1414 R St.
Merced. CA 95340
(209) 725-8188

"In 1987, MCCAP began helping families with eviction prevention, deposit/rental assistance, temporary motel vouchers and a cold weather shelter for homeless singles."

Hope this helps. If I find additional non-profits I will email her.

kimmykins said...

There needs to be some kind of nationwide directory that helps people in need find both non-profits and government programs that are designed to help them. It makes me cringe to think of victims of domestic violence that don't know who they can turn to or people facing homelessness or bankruptcy that aren't able to connect with people that are ready and willing to help. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Google added that as a new search application?

Jennifer said...

kimmykins,

Thanks for that information. It is too late to call now but I will definitely call first thing monday morning and let you know that results. Thanks again...