ONE Fund helps teacher after a devastating fire

ONE fundWhen teacher Sue Harrison’s home was severely damaged in a fire earlier this year, she wasn’t sure where to turn.

At the time the fire occurred, Sue and her boyfriend had been temporarily sharing a home with a friend, so she didn’t have a lease agreement or renter’s insurance. The home was not destroyed in the fire, but all of their belongings had significant smoke damage, and they were unable to move back into the home until it was repaired.

Sue Harrison with one of her young students.

Sue Harrison with one of her young students.

That’s when Sue found out about the ONE Fund, Knowledge Universe’s employee relief fund, which allows employees to help other employees by donating $1 from each of their paychecks.
“My Assistant Director told me about the fund,” said Sue, who teaches infants 6 weeks to 16 months at the KinderCare Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn. “It is such an awesome program.”
Sue, who was living in a hotel with limited resources for food or clothing, quickly filled out the application and provided her fire report from the fire marshal documenting the damage.

Not long after she submitted her application, Sue was approved to receive a grant.

“Even thinking about it now I get kind of emotional,” she said. “It’s one of those things you never think you are going to find. But when hope comes, it’s pretty amazing.”

Sue and her boyfriend used the funds to put a down payment on a new home, where they have been living happily for the past few months. Amazingly, Sue continued to work throughout her ordeal.

“I am just so grateful, so appreciative,” she said. “It’s such a cool program. And now it’s something I can contribute to and give back and hopefully help someone else.”

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