Last Wednesday, our union sister, Jennifer Anderson of Chapter 17, and her family escaped her burning Bartlett Street apartment in Manchester. Fortunately, the fire broke out in the early evening and all of the building’s residents were evacuated safely.
Jennifer, who works for DOT, has five children and a husband who are all currently displaced. They are now being put up in four different places, staying with family and friends. Jennifer hopes to be living under the same roof for Christmas. She has just learned that the apartment, in which they lived, is uninhabitable and they need to find alternate permanent housing.
“We have found two apartments that we could move into immediately,” Jen said. “But we don’t have the money for first and last month’s rent…particularly at this time of year.”
Much of the family’s furniture and belongings are salvageable, “once they are cleaned.” However, her 12-year-old daughter’s bed, clothing and other possessions all perished.
We are asking you to reach into your pockets so Jennifer’s family can be reunited for the holiday. Please send what you are able, and include “Jennifer Anderson” in the memo section of your check. You can send checks to the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office at SEA/SEIU Local 1984, 207 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.
The family will also need assistance with moving when the time comes. “We can’t afford to hire a moving company,” Jennifer said. If you have a truck and strong back, please let us know. We will keep a list of volunteers and call upon you when the family is ready to move.