Migel and Pilar Find Comfort and Help at Bridge House

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“I don’t know what would have happened to us, if it weren’t for FSW,” Miguel said. “I’m afraid we would have ended up on the street.”

Miquel and his wife, Pilar, fell behind in their shortly after Miguel was laid off from his $20,000/year job as a construction worker in January 2009.  He had been with the company for eight years.   The couple lived in a small $609/month apartment with their four year-old son. Pilar was expecting their second child.  Miquel hoped to find work quickly, but construction jobs were hard to find.  Pilar’s income from cleaning offices kept the family afloat. In May, Pilar became ill and miscarried.  She was unable to work for several weeks.  Miguel finally found a new job in June, and in July, Pilar returned to work part-time.  Although Miguel also worked overtime, they found it impossible to catch up on the overdue rent payments.  They found out about the Bridge Fund through their church. The Bridge Fund awarded Miguel the financial assistance the family needed to bring their rent current and become stabilized, allowing them to stay in their home.  “I don’t know what would have happened to us, if it weren’t for FSW,” Miguel said. “I’m afraid we would have ended up on the street.”

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