Nearly 8,000 miles away from our Boston office, Typhoon Soudelor raked Saipan (in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), leaving many of its 55,000 residents without water and electricity. Rose, a pregnant 37-year-old footwear sales associate, and her family of five were among those left in the ruins.
At the height of the typhoon, Rose’s home – and everything inside – was destroyed. Her family had to sleep in their car until they could find a small room at a nearby hotel. With a baby on the way and a big gap in her homeowner’s insurance, Rose didn’t know where to turn to make ends meet.
Because she’d worked for Payless ShoeSource since 2008, Rose had heard about Two Ten. After some urging from her coworkers, she reached out to us for help. With one call, we were able to provide Rose and her growing family with emergency financial support to help them pick up the pieces and get back on their feet again.
Rose says of her experience, “It didn’t matter how far away from me Two Ten was located – because they were right there with me when I needed them. They were compassionate, responsive and really prepared to provide my family exactly what we needed during one of the worst times in our lives. People don’t realize how important it is to have Two Ten there for our community. We had lost everything, but Two Ten restored our hope.”