Fire destroyed their home and everything they own, now strangers give them hope for the future

Family faces homelessness after fire
Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 17:56:30-04

 A fire gutted their home and everything they own. This family of 5 made a call for action when they had nowhere else to turn. Here is how they went from desperate to hopeful and the people that made it happen.

Red Cross came in and provided immediate relief after the fire still the grandmother, mother and three children were a day away from homelessness when we sounded the call for help.

Cheri Money who is disabled, her daughter and three grandchildren barely made ends meet then the fire devastated their lives and shattered their security.

Red Cross provided the family with basics but money for the hotel room ran out with in days so we made some calls.

The Lake Wales Care Center and another Polk County non- profit quickly responded with food, furniture and money for the first month's rent on a mobile home.

Cheri's daughter Tabatha Luna says for the first time since the May fire she holds out hope for her family's future.

For the Lake Wales Care Center and its director Rob Quam rescuing families who fall through the cracks describes the majority of their work.

A day after we left the home another non-profit that asked not to be identified planned to deliver a fridge and stove.

The Lake Wales Care Center assists hundreds of Polk County families every year. If you'd like to help them out with a food or monetary donation.