Philly Community Rallies Around Family

Normally when a toddler wakes up in the middle of the night, they are prevented from getting too far by a crib or a bedroom door. Unfortunately, not everyone has these luxuries to keep their family safe. Angelique and Michael want to provide for their family, but it's hard in Philly right now. There aren't many shelters where families are able to stay together, and most of them are full. So they did the best they could by propping up cardboard walls and lining the space under a building in Love Park, located in Center City.

Unfortunately, their son crawled away and was found wandering in the park in the middle of the night. But now that people have heard, the city is banding together to help this struggling family. Chosen 300 Ministries, a partner of CSM, is launching a campaign to raise $12,000 in 12 days to help secure housing and services for the family for the next year. In just two days, the city banded together to raise over $7,800.

Sometimes, situations can seem so bleak. And yet, God can step in and provide a chance for a community to come together and express his love for everyone.

You can watch the video of the family and donate to the cause here...

- Nicole Engelhardt, CSM Philadelphia City Director

***UPDATE*** After a rallying effort on behalf of the family from yesterday's blog post, they have found an apartment, furniture, services, and plenty of job offers to get them to a place of stability. The family couldn't believe how willing people were to support them.

And yet, the story isn't over.

"We are taken care of," says the father of the family. "Now, what are you going to do for the other people that's out there?"