Mich. LEOs get letter of thanks from family they helped saved from homelessness

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Post by NHGF [Feed] » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:47 am

By PoliceOne Staff MASON, Mich. — A previously homeless family is thriving a year after two deputies lent a helping hand to them. The deputies were conducting a welfare check and met the homeless Rodriguez family in summer 2018, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office says. The family of seven was down to their last $35 and were living in their van. Joseph Rodriguez and his wife had recently lost their jobs and home because she had been in and out of the hospital for several weeks. Rodriguez had found a new job, but the family had used the last of their finances to pay for a hotel they were staying in and he hadn’t received his first paycheck yet. The deputies managed to get the family a two-night stay at a hotel with breakfast and laundry service. They also secured a $100 grocery gift card that allowed them to get food and a gift certificate to a restaurant so they could have dinner and ice cream. The deputies also picked up donated backpacks and accessories from owners of a Verizon Wireless where an employee also arranged for the family to get free haircuts. A Sam’s Club also donated a “sizeable” amount of diapers and food and the deputies were able to get the entire family teeth cleanings. All of these actions led to the family being able to save enough money to quickly purchase a mobile home, according to Rodriguez’s wife, who sent a heartfelt letter and a picture of their smiling, now eight-member family to the sheriff’s office on April 15 thanking the deputies for their kindness. Last year an ICSO Sergeant and Deputy conducted a welfare check and found a family of seven living in their van with... Posted by Ingham County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 “Thank you so much for your help last summer,” the letter said. “It gave us the jumpstart and hope we needed to get on our feet. Our family reflects on, and cherishes, the help you coordinated for us.” According to WILX, the family is now several months ahead on their expenses.

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