Two-year-old Jeremiah was medi-flighted to Portland for a 16 hr surgery to piece his scalp back together after a dog attack. The doctors prepared his mother, Serena, for a difficult surgery: skin grafting and moving a vein from his leg to his head, but miraculously, his scalp fit together "like a puzzle". He was sedated for several days to give his body the best chance at healing and things seem to be going well so far, but now they fear a neck injury and he is showing signs of illness.
This family is no stranger to crisis. After the death of her mother, the family moved here with the promise of a great job and a fresh start, but that is the opposite of their experience for the last two years. Like so many others, this family of 7 has been unable to find housing, moving from a tent to a single room to a garage, all in outlying areas making it difficult with one car. The transmission went out in their only vehicle, so the family has been stranded in Williams with no way to shop for food and other necessities. To make matters worse, the owners of the dog are also the owners of the home where they live, so a once challenging situation is now urgent.
She worked in a local drug rehab counseling center until the birth of their 7 month old baby. As a skilled laborer, the father, Scott, has work waiting for him if he can find reliable transportation. She is also ready and willing to return to work if and when she could get herself there and her children to childcare.
Both parents are hungry for God, relationships, stability and want nothing more than to contributing members of our community, but instead they find themselves at our mercy. Please join me in lifting this family up, help them get a firm foundation under their feet and see them soar.
Goal #1 was to get them some food, diapers and clothing. Done. Thank you!
Goal #2 reliable transportation so these loving parents can work and provide for their children
Goal #3 a stable safe home for this family to put roots down and thrive
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE PLEASE KEEP BABY JEREMIAH IN YOUR PRAYERS - HE AND HIS MOTHER REMAIN AT DOERNBECKER'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN PORTLAND