The email came in from Margarita at Westwood Transitional Village (WTV) alerting us to a new move-in…this time a family of eight. Mom, Dad and six children ranging in age from pre-school to late teens. Within an hour an email went out to all our volunteers requesting help and, as usual, they were quick to respond. Our first thoughts always run to the “YIKES” level but we quickly gather ourselves and resources together and meet the challenge head on.
This particular apartment was a three-bedroom, two bath unit with mom and dad upstairs with their own bathroom and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor for all the kids. Two sets of bunk beds in one room for the boys and two single beds for the little girls. We needed loads of bedding and towels and personal care products for this one and after just a few of these larger set-ups, our supplies start running low! Loads of perishable and non-perishable groceries were needed for this one. We try and fill the fridge and cupboards so the family can put off a grocery shop for at least a few days. Off some volunteers went to our go-to bargain shops to purchase any shortfalls we might have and, as always, we were somehow miraculously ready to move this family in just three short days after that initial call came in.