Donors have brought a Pekin woman and her five children more than one-third toward their goal of staying in their home after Nov. 27.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the family, however, still needs $1,540 in online donations through a GoFundMe account to meet the $2,700 in back rent their landlord requires by then, according their story.

It stems from the 19-year prison sentence that the family’s husband and father received last April for the sexual assault of two of his daughters. With him went the family’s only job-related income.

That left Delores, mother of the children ages 3 to 13, struggling to produce her $900 monthly rent. 

She’s found a part-time job, receives public aid and, she hopes, will be given full-time hours at the restaurant where she works in January, said Delores, whose real name is confidential to protect the family’s identity.

Donations reaching $1,160 arrived in the online account that friends set up for her after the Daily Times published details of the family’s struggles Monday afternoon. They had stalled by mid-Tuesday.

“I want to thank everybody so much,” Delores said. 

She’s six months behind in rent owed to her out-of-town landlord, who told her he needs three months’ worth by Monday or he will be forced to evict the family and find new tenants, Delores said. Her family has waited a year for public housing to become available. After Monday, they’ll seek shelter with friends if necessary.

“I’m going to call (the landlord) and see what he has to say” about accepting the donations, should they fall short of the goal, and let the family stay home through the Christmas season, she said.

To donate to the family, visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-family-about-to-loose-house.

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