JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It is harder than ever to raise a family right now. Christina Romans, her husband and their two daughters, Roqlyn and Te'ana, have faced plenty of challenges.
For one, Christina lost her job in May, and bills were going unpaid.
"Our electricity bills were two months behind because we weren't able to come up with $280 for just one month to pay it." says Romans.
She was so desperate she turned to her church, Crown Point Baptist. It paid the entire $500 bill to bring it up to date.
"I was one day from having my lights shut off, and they went and took care of it that day," says Romans.
The church does its best to help, but Pastor Steve Thompson says so many members are hurting.
"We probably have about 50% of our people who are unemployed or underemployed. That is they lost their jobs because of economy or they used to work 55 hours and counted on that overtime, now they get 35 hours. So it's really been difficult for our church members," says Thompson.
In recent weeks, Crown Point Baptist helped one mother with nine children buy a van. It lets other churches use its building for worship services for free, and helps several families with bills.
The church doesn't want recognition, but to many the deacons and members are heroes, and Christina will never forget it.
"Well, our assets are really limited but what we do have we want to share for sure," says Thompson.
"I would say they are my heroes, they are working through God to help people which is an amazing thing," says Romans.
First Coast News