A Family Finds Hope with a Kind Hearted Woman, Breit Day with Jenna Breit
A Breit Day with Jenna Breit
MASARYKTOWN – We live in a time that teaches us to be skeptical of everything and everyone. Sure, you may have a big heart, but the question always looming – am I being taken advantage of? But for Masaryktown Resident, Sheilah Alderman, those concerns never enter her mind.
Today, while I set out to sell my barely used camping tent, I discovered something much more powerful, right here in Hernando County. I discovered Sheilah Alderman, who asked if she could purchase the tent for a homeless family. Intrigued, by her seemingly generous heart, I wanted to know more.
Alderman explained that she encountered the Costa family last week, after receiving a phone call from a friend who noticed the family living behind a local Wal-Mart in their van. Alderman says Robert Costa has been plagued with health issues, and struggles to support his three young boys – two with special needs. Robert was let go from his job when the burden became too much for his employer to take. According to Alderman, “Trying to find a job and taking care of three kids is impossible to do when you have no other family to depend on, and no lifeline.” After receiving this call, Alderman decided to spring into action. “I went to meet him and met the kids and I just knew I had to do something to help them, as he was desperate to do whatever he needed to do to sustain some kind of housing and safe environment for his boys,” Alderman said.
Without hesitation, Alderman took the gamily into her own home and made it her mission to find a safe permanent residence for the family. Despite Robert recently securing employment with a local non-profit agency, the family is still a bit shy of securing their own housing.
Alderman also fell ill years ago and is unable to work, so she dedicated her life to helping members of the community and eventually established Starlight Missions. Alderman doesn’t receive a lot of financial help and due to her limited income, she barters and saves every dime to help the homeless in Hernando County.
After taking the family in, Alderman says the boys always help around the house; whether it’s yard work or doing basic chores, and they do it without being asked, and they never complain. Robert has equally contributed to household repairs and upkeep of the home. ”As soon as I gave him a way to have someone he trusted, he went out and searched for work and found it. He is motivated to work, he just wants to get his family in a home,” says Alderman.
But there’s more… Alderman says she reached out to her friend, Ashley Campbell, who is a Manager at Kohl’s Department Store and often assists with providing clothing and necessities for those in need. After learning of the Costa family’s difficult time, Campbell purchased new bikes for the boys and plans to delivery them this Friday.
Alderman’s neighbors, Ron and Joan Davis have grown so fond and close to the Costa family that the boys now call them Grandma and Grandpa. The Davis family has even provided transportation and clothing for Robert Costa to attend job interviews.When asked what could be done to further help the boys, Alderman replied “I have been able to provide plenty of clothes but shoes have been a difficult find.” The family has lost everything and is in need of basic household necessities as well, as the ability to get back on their feet financially, to secure safe housing.
“It is our problem. We are all in this thing called life together. I will continue to do whatever I can, even if I have to give my last shirt or last can of food. I won’t give up,” said Alderman, as we parted ways.
If you would like to help the Costa family, a Gofundme account has been set up in their name to help supplement the costs of moving into a new home and obtaining basic household necessities.
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