(Closed) Neighbors about to be homeless. What to do!

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you do?
    Honestly - I would stay out of it entirely : (20 votes)
    47 %
    Give them some grocery money $50-$100 : (19 votes)
    44 %
    Ask them what I can do to help? : (4 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    10456 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    If you want to slip an anonymous gift card or something in their mailbox, sure. Otherwise I’d stay out of it. You don’t want to involve yourself and end up in an uncomfortable situation where they’re now asking you for money, or a place to stay. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    755 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I agree – stay out of it if you can.  If you guys really want to help, I’d offer to babysit or bring them a homecooked meal (like an easy lasagna or something).  BUT It all depends on the circumstances.  For example, are they in this situation becasue of a huge bad-luck streak (job loss, med bills, etc)? Or, are they in this situation becasue they were irresponsible with their money?  You might not know, but if it’s the latter, you might be involving yourself in a position you don’t need/want to be in.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @skippydarling:  I think a grocery gift card would be a lovely thing to do. 

    Do the parents work?

    Post # 7
    Member
    4646 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    That’s a nice thought, but if they’re in this deep, I’d be worried they’d see you compassion as an opportunity and ask for more, putting you in a bad position. Sorry to say, but sometimes generosity backfires. I think as long as they don’t know it’s you it would be okay. Sorry to hear they’re in such dire straits. 

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