By Andrew Marra
The Palm Beach Post
Things were hard enough in normal times for Maylen Batista Ramon and her three sons, who navigated disability and hardship from a tiny trailer in Broward County.
Then the pandemic hit and she lost her home and most of her family’s few belongings: furniture, clothes, toys.
Fearful of the mysterious new coronavirus, the owner of their trailer home sold the property and expelled them. Homeless and unable to afford a storage unit, the family salvaged only what they could fit in a few suitcases.
After failing to find an affordable rental, the unemployed single mother took her children to Pennsylvania to live with a friend. But they soon found their way back to Florida, to her godmother’s small home in Stuart.
Maylen’s family has been there ever since, the four of them crammed into a single bedroom while they wait for a break.
“The four of us are sleeping together,” she said. “It’s not the comfort they deserve. They want to have their things, their room, their bed.”
The challenges of being a homeless single mother are multiplied dramatically by her children’s struggles.
Her oldest, 14-year-old Sebastian, has cerebral palsy. Her second, 13-year-old Gabriel, has a disease that causes frequent seizures. Ten-year-old David, the youngest, suffers asthma.
Maylen spends her days overseeing their virtual schooling, attending especially to her oldest son, who struggles to speak but is determined to succeed in his middle school classes. Meanwhile, she hopes a job opportunity will work out that lets her work from home.
“I need everything for them,” she said.
Maylen and her three sons are homeless and lost most of their belongings when the coronavirus pandemic hit. To reestablish a stable life for her family she needs money for rent and utilities, furniture, linens, a computer, a Nebulizer, linens, housewares and Christmas gifts for her three sons.
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