Real Stories: People Helped by Administer Justice
Confused and feeling hopeless, each of these individuals turned to Administer Justice out of desperation. With such a large gap in the availability of legal aid in the suburbs, these individuals, like thousands of others, had nowhere to turn. Without a legal advocate, their situations would have ended tragically. Thanks to caring supporters, Administer Justice was there offering help and hope in the midst of confusion and fear.
Meet the Stephen family:
Marjorie, Laura, Lana and Adrianna- four generations of women living together to make ends meet. But after a series of events, including job loss and illness, they were no longer able to make their mortgage payments. Eventually, a foreclosure notice was served. An Administer Justice volunteer attorney took their case and ultimately, saved their home. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THEIR STORY
After the murder of her son, Regina began the process of trying to obtain social security and other benefits for her son’s children-her grandchildren that she cared for deeply. However, due to legal roadblocks she was unable to obtain his death certificate. With the help of Administer Justice, Regina was eventually able to ensure her grandchildren had the financial support they deserved.
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Despite repeated attempts to work with his landlord, Eduardo and his family were forced to live with a leaking ceiling and eventually, their living room roof caved in. The next thing they knew they were served with an eviction notice. With the help of Administer Justice, Eduardo’s family received fair representation in court and a workable resolution to their situation.
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Maria’s family was forced to flee their home and were overwhelmed by confusing legal documents and requirements. CLICK HERE TO WATCH ‘MARIA’S FLIGHT’ and learned how Administer Justice helped this family in need.
Meet Ricky* and Liam*
Ricky arrived at our office for his legal appointment distraught by the idea that his 3 year old son, Liam, could be taken away. Ricky and his son’s mother had never married, yet they maintained a positive relationship for the sake of their son. Although bringing home just under $1,000 a month working full time as a janitor, Ricky always faithfully provided for the financial needs of his son and was active in his upbringing. However in the last year, Liam’s mother had become involved with someone else and began limiting Ricky’s time with their son. Each time Ricky attempted to talk through the problem, she became argumentative, denying him visitation. Then,Ricky received a phone call from his son’s mother saying she and her new boyfriend were moving to Ohio and taking Liam with them. She told Ricky that if he ever wanted to see Liam again he would need to come to Ohio on ‘her terms’ and that it would be up to her if he would be allowed to spend time with his son. Ricky felt helpless and could not believe this was happening. He had no idea what rights he had or what to do. Fortunately, a friend told him about Administer Justice. Ricky met with a volunteer attorney who advised him of his rights and Ricky is now receiving legal assistance with establishing parentage.The attorney that met with Ricky sensed that although he felt some relief knowing he would be receiving legal assistance,that Ricky needed more than just legal help, he needed hope.
The attorney brought Ricky down the hall to meet with a Volunteer Client Advocate. The Advocate offered to pray with Ricky. He explained that he had not been to church since he was a child but that he would appreciate the prayer. Afterwards, Ricky started asking questions. He wanted to know more about God and how He works in people’s lives. He wanted to know about grace and Jesus. Our Client Advocate spent over an hour with Ricky, sharing the gospel and the truth about God’s love and concern for him and Liam. The Advocate later reported that, “Ricky was like a sponge. He had so many questions about God and opened up to me about his fears.” Before Ricky left our office, the Advocate provided him with a Bible and a pamphlet called the Father’s Love Letter which beautifully spells out the love God has for Rickey and his son. Ricky left with new found hope and the knowledge that God will provide for him and Liam and get them through this challenging time. *client names have been changed.
A SNAPSHOT OF OUR CLIENTS
(based on 2016 data)
70% are women
Average Age: 46
Average household income: $16,665
Average number of people in household: 4
48% are Latino/Hispanic
39% are Caucasian
8% are African American
3% are Asian
61% were referred by their church or a social service agency
24% were referred by word of mouth
11% were referred by a legal professional (judge, attorney, bar association)
100% had nowhere else to turn.