Problem Solvers: Family of three forced to live in their car

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Every day we receive hundreds of news tips, telling us about interesting stories or situations. While many are newsworthy, a particular news tip from a pastor caught our attention.

She told us about a family of three (a grandmother, mother and granddaughter) who have been living in their SUV because of financial difficulties.

About a year ago, the family lost their home. Around that time, Linda Pierson, the grandmother, was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.

“Even when they knew we couldn’t help them with anything more than food or prayer, they came back for the food or for the prayer,” said Pastor Katie Chullino with Centennial Lutheran Church.

With metro-area rent the way it is, the family can’t afford much. Especially with Linda’s medical bills. Jennifer is working 40 to 80 hours a week to support her family, but even that’s not enough.

“Our situation is bad. Very bad. Yes. But then again, there are people that are worse,” Linda Pierson said.

Each night the family drives to a new location, hoping it will be safe enough for them to park their SUV at so they can rest.

“We don’t get the typical sleep like normal people would, cause we can’t stay in one place very long. We have to bounce around,” Jennifer Pierson said.

When they save up enough, they’re able to stay in a motel room for a night or two. But eventually the money runs out. As of Saturday evening, Jennifer had $40 to her name.

“[It’s hard] because you don’t know what’s going to happen next,” Jennifer Pierson said.

In a perfect world, the family said they would have a place to stay. More than anything, they want a place for Monique, the 10-year-old granddaughter and daughter.

“There’s really not a whole lot of room for us to move around. It’s just hard,” Monique said of the family’s current living situation.

“It would be nice to have a place to live so she can run around and have toys and not constantly having to bounce around,” Jennifer Pierson said.

The family’s pastor set up a GoFundMe page to help out.

If you know a place where this family can stay or if you can help them, email the Problem Solvers at problemsolvers@kdvr.com or call 303-566-7575.

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