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Dream Room Giveaway Denver Winner: Dawn Marquantte

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

I am a single mom of 4 children ages 17, 13, 5, 18mo. We have been homeless for 2yrs., living with relatives due to medical problems during my last pregnancy. Now I am recovered and employed, we have qualified for housing in Denver, CO and will move into our apartment 11/09. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

We have no furniture to create a safe comfortable home.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

I earn $1100/mo for a family of five. I do not have the financial means to purchase new furniture. I am aware that there are non-profit agencies that donate used furniture. We cannot utilize that service due to 2 of my children have severe asthma, and one has severe allergies to pet dander and dust. Three years ago we did receive used furniture that was donated. My children suffered illness due to the allergens and cigarette smoke that were in the furniture forcing us to get rid of it. The donated furniture also contained beg bugs which caused us to get rid of other household items, blankets, and clothing. This was a very traumatic experience for my family.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

I want to makeover the living room of our apartment to create a safe and comfortable space to work on homework, have quality family time, and celebrate holidays. Also it provides a protected environment for my children to spend time with friends.

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

Over the past five years I have volunteered at my previous church coordinating community events, feeding the homeless, and offering case management services to low-income families. Prior to losing my home, I held gatherings in my home for youth in the community where I would feed them and facilitate support groups where they can talk about issues and encourage each other. When ever asked I meet with kids and their parents as a mediator to find common ground and offer support and encouragement while enduring tough family situations.

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

For my kids to know miracles happen. My teenagers have struggled with depression and stress due to the life situation that was forced on our family. They often ask me why do i continue to pray, help others and keep hope when they do not see any rewards. I know the reward is within and through persistence and opportunities like this prayers are answered.

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Dream Room Giveaway Denver Winner: Amy Hernandez

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

As with many families times are tough. Earlier this year despite our best efforts to save our house, we were foreclosed on. We have moved to a smaller apt. to cut back on expenses. It is a relief to not be in a house that sucks all your time, energy and money. Just as we were getting adjusted to being able to catch up on bills, things outside my family began to fall apart. On July 28, 2009, U received a call from Adams County Social Services regarding my 2 young nieces. They asked if I could take thm in. In an emergency situation they had to remove them from the home of my brother immediately. At about 10 pm they were in my custody and been for the last four months. Davina is 4 and Felicity is turning one. There was no way I was going to turn them away. Their parents are addicted to meth and they have been neglected since birth. I took them in even though I already have 4 children of my own ages 10, 8, 5 and 3. Winning this dream room would heighten our spirits given the seriousness of the situation we face. The last couple of months have been extremely hard on all of us and has spread me so thin that I can hardly think straight. Six kids, 27/7 for at least another year is really tough to handle + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

We went from a 4 bedroom, 3 bath house to a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. Don’t get me wrong, the amenities are a godsend when you need to occupy 6 kids. I was usually the one in the family that hosts family gatherings at least 2x a year. I knew that the apartment would make things a little tough but getting 2 more kids has proved impossible. We are cramped in here and barely have enough space to eat at the table. Not to mention that the sofas are beat up, the kitchen table is worn out and all the chairs are broken and the coffee tables are falling apart. That makes is kind of hard to offer up my place for any holiday. It really bothers me because I am professionally trained chef and cooked to please the palettes of others is something I truly love. Not being able to do that saddens my spirit and leaves me feeling like something is missing.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

My husband and I run a business that has been hit pretty hard by this economy. We have only worked a total of 6 months which has left is a little strapped for cash. And the fact that we have wholeheartedly taken in my nieces. They came to us with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The baby had no diapers, bottles or any other effects that a baby needs. Here sister didn’t even have shoes, let alone a change of clothes. We have had to purchase beds, shoes, toys and other bare necessities as well as things my own children are in need of. That has left us broke and relying on government programs to get by. Repairing or replacing furniture is not even an option now or in the near future, but is desperately needed.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

My dream would be to take of the loving room furniture with a set that goes with the curtains I already have. We need a new set of tables and chairs that won’t fall apart so easily. A couple of bar stools would be nice for extra seating. Ine other thing that was somewhat important is 2 sets of bunk beds with comfortable mattresses for the kids to each have a bed.I really can’t pick a room because all of these things would ease the situation. These children can be here for a while and I want all of them to feel at home, enjoy our time together and not have 2 of them site somewhere else for dinner or have to sleep on the sofa because the beds are full.

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

Before getting my nieces, I was constantly preaching and teaching my children about helping others. My oldest son would shovel snow, rake leaves and help out the older couple that lived across the street from us. We gather up our gently used items at least 3 x a year to donate. I still give rides to school to the kids who used to live next to us when they need them. We donate any extra food in our house each month to the Thornton Food Bank. Helping those in need is a big part of our lives and we do whatever we can

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

I have to tell you how touched I was when my nieces arrived to our home. They arrived kind of late and I told my 2 oldest kids that were going to have their cousins staying with us for awhile because they needed a safe place to stay. Both of them helped me prepare my house for a little baby by helping me clean everything and childproofing. I told them that it was getting lat and they had to go to bed. Both of them replied, “No, Mommy, don’t worry, we’ll stay up to help you.” My husband was working out of town and only home on weekends. I really wanted to cry because I had no idea how I was going to do this. When the children arrived, they were filthy, starved and emotional. Their parents had left them on a sidewalk. My daughter helped me bathe them and dress them. My son got the older child something to eat and made a bottle for the little one while I comforted her. She clung to me for dear life and drank down 3 bottles in as many hours and they finally racked out at 1 am. I could not have asked for a better family. I thank God every day for all that I have been given, especially my children. They have taken in these girls just as wholeheartedly as my husband and I. We all need a room to dream in.

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Dream Room Giveaway Denver Winner: Ariel Garcia

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

i think i deserv this gift because i work hard for the comunity as a pastor of a church but i never ask for a salary from my church i do alot of marrige gunsuling dont charge people a penny i work to make my own living i work doing janitorial work i do this because i love helping people even if i dont qet paid it true brobaly i dont have money to pay for nice furniture but inside my heart i am very happy + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

we dont have no furniture in our living room nothing i mean nothing not even folding chairs in our dinnig room we have a folding table and folding chair to eat we cover with a mantel so look nice

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

i dont make enaugh money to buy furnitures i have a wife and three litlle ones that they will be happy to see our hause look nice

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

the living room because we dont have nothing in the living room

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

yes i am a pastor that help mariges and people with low self steem people that i have help will be happy to writte a letter of recomendation to tell you guys wath kind of person i am

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

i have said everithing a could i cant writte clearly i did by very best i hope you dont take that in consideration if you cant help me i also will ask for credit with low payments

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