STRUGGLING FAMILY GETS A PLACE TO LIVE FOR CHRISTMAS
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies from the Youth and Neighborhood Services unit helped Silvia Ramos and her family move in to a new apartment on Christmas Eve. Ramos, her husband, Hector Cruz, and their five children were evicted from their Pompano Beach apartment recently and have been living at various locations with the help of local charities. A BSO school resource deputy learned of the family’s plight through the three younger children, ages 13, 11 and 9, who he knows from their schools. Ramos and Cruz both work, but her hours had been severely cut recently, and the family struggled financially. They recently attended a “Shop-with-the-Sheriff” event with Sheriff Scott Israel and his wife, Susan Israel, where they purchased Christmas presents. Sgt. Ed Rafailovitc, who works with BSO’s Homeless Outreach Unit, helped arrange for the family to move into the Oakland Park apartment in time for Christmas. The Salvation Army donated a truck full of furniture that deputies Christopher Ingram and Elias Guadalupe, along with Rafailovitc, unloaded. Ramos’ 16-year-old son and 19-year-old stepson also helped carry beds, dressers, tables and chairs into the two-bedroom Oakland Park apartment. Along with BSO, the Salvation Army, Prestige Waterfront Realty and the Oakland Shores Condominium Association helped the family.
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