4 year-old Caleb, son to Heather

Homeless Family in Urgent Need for Help

My friends Sharon Gregory, her daughter Heather Fowler, and Heather's 4 year-old son Caleb are staying at a cheap motel tonight, thanks to St Vincent DePaul. But only for a night or two due to the lack of funds. They were evicted from their home in Boardman, Oregon because they were four months behind on their rent. Sharon is receiving aid from the state of Oregon, but it wasn't enough to pay all of their bills. She has a number of health-issues which is very costly. Her daugther Heather has been taking care of her mother and her son with no time for herself or no time to work outside the home. She is a single mother.

They signed-up for HUD to help them find an affordable home here in The Dalles, Oregon where I live. I helped them pack their things into a 26' U-Haul trailer to move into a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom manufactured home in The Dalles that was promised to them through HUD. When they arrived with the loaded moving van, they found out that there were people still living there. Due to some miscommunications between the manager Larry Black and the owner of the home, the people still living there were not given a 72-hour notice to move out until after the day he said it would be vacant Aug 3rd. The owner now says she wants $500 down before Sharon and Heather can move in. Meanwhile it's costing them $39.95 a day for each day they have the U-Haul truck unloaded. In desperation, Sharon requested help from CAP (an organization to help find homes for the homeless). They told Sharon that they were out of funds. So with the little money they have left, they have to find storage for their things, so they can return the U-Haul truck. I said they could stay with me no longer than a week because I only have a one-bedroom apt. Any longer than that, I would risk eviction.

I thought bringing their plight to this news team would shed some light on their urgency and need for emergency assistance. The state of Oregon has helped them to a limit, but do not have enough funds to place them in a home today. I hope and pray that their story will be aired and put some pressure under our congressman and other politicians who can make a difference in their well-being. This has taken a toll on Sharon's health.

Thank you for allowing me to summit my story. Sincerely, Ricky Elliott

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Anonymous says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 6:06 AM

Yours is not the only bleeding heart story in this economy! Often in a situation like this I find there is always a reason why they ended up homeless! It sounds like these people might need to step up a bit-stop asking for handouts

anonymous says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 6:06 AM

The state provides caregivers for free to those who need it - so look into that so the daughter can go to work and provide! Its time to stand on their own feet and quit asking for handouts. That only goes so far!

Agree says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 8:03 AM

I agree with the other comments. The grandmother & mother look like they eat enough as it is, use some of that money to feed the child! I've been a single, young mother for 13yrs and have NEVER been homeless or unable to provide for my son!

HORSELVR says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 8:46 AM

Okay people- there is no reason to be mean spirited or cruel. You don't know the circumstances behind their situation so don't start tearing them apart. Be thankful that you aren't in their shoes.

Agree2 says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 8:55 AM

Yeah, mom and gma look very well fed. This brings up an issue dear to me. Why do we keep people alive who have such health issues that prohibit them from feeding their kids? In my day, we'd bring them straight to the tar pits!

newshoes says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 11:41 AM

Wow, mom and g'ma aren't supermodels so they don't deserve help? Ricky your friends are lucky to have you in their court. If the shelters in PDX are full they may be able to find help in an outlying county, to give them some time to sort things out.

Highly Skeptical says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 1:53 PM

This could very easily just be yet another money scam. I'd caution anyone tempted to donate anything to these people to thorooughly research the situation before contributing. BTW, that was not a good picture of the boy with his tongue out.

nunya says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 2:30 PM

I can't believe how scathing some people are. It is so much harder to be thin when you don't have the income to buy nutritious food. I don't remember reading where the family asked for any handouts either. What a good friend you are Ricky.

anonymous says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 3:11 PM

Im shocked to hear how mean people are. What if it was your family that was in that same situation, would'nt you want them to receive help? Not everyone is fortunate to have a roof over their heads,

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Aug 7 at 11:45 PM

mabe they should have payed ther rent and put the twinkys down and went to work the state can only do so much for lazy people (BUT OBAMA WILL SAVE THEM)

The Landlord says ... on Saturday, Aug 8 at 3:54 AM

Guess what the rental house in Boardman looked like after they finally got uprooted? What a mess! It will cost Thousands to repair the damage and take weeks. Can't be rented in the meantime. Losers. Good riddance.

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Aug 8 at 1:44 PM

Wow I cant believe how some of you are acting i hope that never happens to you if it does i hope you get treated the same way!! All you saying bad things cause you never been in the same shoes remember karma sucks!!!!!

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Aug 8 at 6:10 PM

I agree with the last comment. KARMA does suck! I don't know the circumstances either. But what I do know is that a child is involved and regardless of how we all feel about the mother and gma his well-being is very important. I wish them the best!

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Aug 8 at 10:10 PM

We have to be careful to not become so sinical in these hard times. Yes, there are scams out there, but do we turn our backs on all in need because we MIGHT be scammed? And give me a break...what does a person's weight have to do with paying bills?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 5:54 AM

I am sorry for the family and I am more sorry for the comment that I posted yesterday about the twinkys and obama I hope them the very best and good luck to them in this hard time of need I just hope it is not just another scam

Scam Adams says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 7:41 AM

Yep, it's a scam, allright. Don't send 'em a plug nickel. They got themselves into this situation and they should be able to get themselves out. McDonalds and Taco Bell have Help Wanted signs out. Everyone seems to want the Gov't Dole.

Peaceful says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 7:44 AM

We are all part of the same community. Maybe someone could step up and teach instead of criticize. It is our responsbility to care for our neighbors but we get to decide how we are comfortable helping. I hope for peace in our community.

Scam Adams says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 10:05 AM

The first thing someone should teach that little brat is to keep his tongue inside his mouth where it belongs.

Fatty, Fatty 2 By 4 says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 12:25 PM

Twinkies. Yep, pallet loads of twinkies. You can see 'em. They can afford copious amounts of twinkies, but can't pay their rent for 4 months?

hunger says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 6:33 AM

If the little boy gets hungry, he could always eat one or both of those beached whales.

Agree2 says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 7:43 AM

I, myself, will never be in this family's shoes. I don't make bad decisions that jeopardize my future (not go to college, have children I can't support, be lazy, nor sustain expensive health problems). I cannot empathize with dead weight.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 10:35 AM

I have a hard time reading what has been writen here. I thought that the story was sad, but then I saw all the evil poured out onto this blog. None can judge, we all have fallen short. I pray for those who dont know what I am talking about. Yeshua

throwin stones says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 11:11 AM

Wow. The best part of the comments is that I bet those making comments about the physical weight of the women and their laziness are those that are loving and forgiving "Christians." Did the child ask for any of this venom?

A Shamed to be an Oregonian says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 11:13 AM

I am SHOCKED at the some people are talking! Have you forgotten the Golden Rule? You say you would Never let yourself get in this situation- never say never! "S" happens. How about some ideas to help get her on her feet and quit being so critical!

stupid people say stupid things says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 1:09 PM

I don't understand how anyone can judge others they know nothing about, they're going thru hard times. You can't pick your health problems ! If this is christians? Im so glad I am not one! People need to come together and help each other out now!

wtf?? says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 8:23 PM

what a bunch of awful people, how would all of you like to be homeless?? i cant believe the B.S. or the guts coming from you people, and for the record the state does not provide caregivers do your homework , i will pray for this family and you too

Find your own way says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 8:38 PM

I was told in grade school that I would never even learn to read, let alone succeed Currently I have a job, I have seen the world, and I am close to obtaining my associates. If I can keep myself gainfully employed, there isn't a reason they cant.

marsahall mcfarlane says ... on Monday, Aug 10 at 9:10 PM

for those who have wrote those negative comments about someone having a hard time in there life, you're the one that needs help maybe you could pray for them and that doesn't cost a cent meanwhile i will pray for them and you as well..

Paul says ... on Tuesday, Aug 11 at 1:16 PM

Why would an atheist pray for someone? While we're at it... why not burn a human sacrifice to please the gods to assist these under achievers?

people says ... on Tuesday, Aug 11 at 2:52 PM

So the end result is? How can you help them? There's no contact info. This is obviously a temporary situation for them, they have things lined up, there's just a big hiccup. I'd be happy to help if the facts can be verified.

Whiney People says ... on Tuesday, Aug 11 at 5:58 PM

annoy me. Please stop whining here. Let the dumb bunnies find their own way in life. Stop enabling morons.

MRS.jACoB says ... on Wednesday, Aug 12 at 12:20 PM

WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS EVERYONE RUNS INTO A BUMP IN THE ROAD HERE AND THERE AND SOME PEOPLE NEED A LITTLE EXTRA HELP THAN OTHERS WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU ARE ANY BETTER IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DONT JUDGE

Oscar says ... on Wednesday, Aug 12 at 1:44 PM

I didn't see any mention of a father..Why isn't he helping? I can see by the fotos why he might not be with her but he still has an obligation.. assuming she knows who he is!

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Aug 12 at 9:17 PM

HI BILLY MAYS HERE FOR OXY CLEAN!

Paul says ... on Thursday, Aug 13 at 6:05 AM

Please, please, PLEASE; everyone stop! Just post your routing number, account number, and/or credit card number on this thread right now! Since you're all the beneficiaries of a Kenyan prince's fortune, the returns will be 30 fold!

Naz says ... on Thursday, Aug 13 at 10:44 AM

I love the way that people have to drag the Christian community into this and of course, start tearing them apart. If these people are having a hard time, let the people who want to help, help. If you feel that they are trying to scam you, don't help

ANONYMOUS says ... on Thursday, Aug 13 at 2:27 PM

did anyone see the note from the landlord??? they didnt take care of the last place they had

I am In need Too! says ... on Thursday, Aug 13 at 6:51 PM

hey I am in need too-barely keeping my bills paid, living paycheck to paycheck trying to keep from loosing house and home! Anyone want to help me?! Good Gosh! Grow up and help yourself out! Have some pride and a SPINE! WORK! Yah it sucks! DO IT

not fat or lazy says ... on Friday, Aug 14 at 4:18 PM

I did it myself went to school kept my legs closed they should do the same quit having kids u cant raise and CAP helps those with needs but these folks are lazy

fun says ... on Friday, Aug 14 at 11:52 PM

so (not fat or lazy) what are you doing tonight

not fat or lazy says ... on Sunday, Aug 16 at 9:26 PM

Contributing to society, how about you? Would you like to contribute to MY society?

abriley88 says ... on Monday, Aug 17 at 6:10 AM

I am thankful I have never personally experienced the venom I see in what has been written here. You can't see yourself ever in this position? Hang around. Perhaps it will be your own children. Chances are, then, you'll think people should stip up!

abriley88 says ... on Monday, Aug 17 at 6:19 AM

They most likely need to find a new landlord. 72 hour notices don't always work that quickly. Sadly, they may have to find a new community. This one seems to be a bit too perfect. Not even knowing all the situation, you condemn? I am appalled!

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Aug 17 at 2:11 PM

Why don't they just keep the U-haul and live in it. It isn't like they are going to pay for it anyway. Just flatten the tires and move in.

momof7 says ... on Tuesday, Aug 18 at 10:27 AM

It won't do any good to remind people that middle class can become homeless, also. There are always unique circumstances, and nobody has the right to point fingers at another and judge which one is more deserving of help.

Stephanie says ... on Tuesday, Aug 18 at 2:38 PM

I cannot believe all the judgement!! Some of the comments are just rude. Alot of people are being affected by the economy I have had the same job for 10 yrs and I am homeless now too with hr reductions & the cost of living still increasing.

Stephanie says ... on Tuesday, Aug 18 at 2:40 PM

I have been hit so hard that my monthly food stamp benefit is more than my income and I have a degree w/ a family of five (I think that the poor get fat because all they can by is food to comfort themselves) Its sad people should be thankful and help

Stephanie cynic says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 8:33 AM

Stephanie, I do not believe you have a degree.

Deeanna says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 11:53 AM

I think that all these people who have rude msg's should make sure their names are posted very clearly, why hide behind anonymous? so when hard times hit them and they need help we can all say NO go eat a twinkie! You sicken me!

deeanna says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 12:11 PM

did anyone see a request for money? I didn't! maybe they just wanted a few names of organizations that might help these people. ever think of that? http://www.sheltered.org/ they help homeless families regain their independence. 360) 737-0300

DEEANNA PATTON says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 12:11 PM

OPEN HOUSE MINISTRIES 360) 737-0300

deeanna says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 12:29 PM

And yes I am thankful that I have a Heavenly Father who will be the one to cast judgement and I don't have the burden to deal with those who are so evil to allow their venom to spew all over those around them! JESUS REIGNS!

REYNA says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 5:51 PM

I AM A 19YR OLD W/ A 2YR OLD WHO WORKS FULL TIME MY FIANCE HAD HIS HRS REDUCED AT WORK AND MY MOTHER LIVES WITH ME AND DOES NOT HELP WITH ANYTHING I SUPPORT MY FAMILY I RECIEVE NO FOODSTAMPS I PAY FOR OUR HEALTH INSURANCE, TIMES ARE TOUGH AND

REYNA says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 5:52 PM

SHOULD NOT ACT SO HATFULL TOWARDS SOMEONE THAT IS GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME, LIFE ISNT ALWAYS EASY AND NOT EVERYONE IS BORN WEALTHY SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY WORK FOR WHAT THEY HAVE AND FOR YOU PEOPLE TO BE CASTING STONES IS PURE HATRED

hmm says ... on Wednesday, Aug 19 at 10:22 PM

I guess those of you that r calling them fat etc,did you know you could have a condition that makes u that way? (I am a skinny girl btw-so no I dont have that condition) but shame on you ppl

Lance says ... on Thursday, Aug 20 at 12:42 PM

I've seen both... the people who suck the system and those who have done everything 'right' and the rug was pulled out from under them. Unfortunately the 'suckers' have bled the system dry and left nothing for those who need "temporary" help.

fun says says ... on Friday, Aug 21 at 12:32 AM

(not fat or lazy) Yes I would love to help you so how about you call me and we can talk AND YES I HAVE A JOB

amber says ... on Tuesday, Nov 10 at 10:30 AM

i myself have found myself and my family in a bad situation. we are facing to be homeless so i feel for this family. having children is what keeps me here.. but i just wanted to say i hop thy find an answer cause i know how it feels to have nothing

Theresa says ... on Monday, Apr 12 at 1:14 AM

Please pray for Sharon, her 2 adult sons (1 is incarcerated in Oklahoma), Heather, and Caleb desperately need Jesus. They stayed with us for a while and this family have many problems, and truely need to give their hearts to the Lord Jesus.

mad as ..... says ... on Monday, Mar 26 at 10:55 AM

What is wrong with you people, this family is asking for your help! Where is all the links for help? Do you know how hard it is to ask for help? All of your bad help is only making it worse for this family. Stop it and put in links that can help them

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