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Mar 26, 2012 6:44 PM by Lacey Steele

Police ask for your help for homeless family

Imagine living next to the railroad tracks in a broken down motor home with no running water.

Plus, you have a four-year-old daughter who's never known anything else.

Pueblo police officers discovered just that quite by accident a few weeks ago.

They came to us in hopes of getting the word out.

The engine won't run and it has no water, but they have electricity thanks to a nearby business.

"My mom, she gave me this trailer to live in because I was having a hard time," said Meagan Taylor, a homeless mother in Pueblo.

Meagan knows how to make it work.

"I've been out here for about five years," said Meagan.

She knows how to keep the heat in or out, how the fridge usually fails in the summer, and how to keep the dilapidated old RV from falling apart.

"Being here so long, it's easy now, but it's still hard on the emotions," said Meagan.

Melanie is a four-year-old little girl who's full of life, but her mother wants better for her daughter.

Her make-shift playground is right beside the railroad tracks.

"I don't want her to grow up like this," said Meagan.

She's trying to change it.

Meagan goes to college online.

It's difficult because her computer screen is cracked, but she wants to get a degree and work with animals.

"They have eyes," said Meagan. "They have hearts, too. They feel things. I just want to be their voice."

Pueblo police recently discovered Meagan and her plight, by accident.

"Megan never asked for any assistance," said Officer Michael Sincerbox with the Pueblo Police Department. "She's very humble. She's very soft spoken."

"It felt really good for somebody to care because I try to keep it quiet," said Meagan. "I'm always scared of losing my daughter because of my situation."

"If we can get them a residence, so that she can put her job applications out so that she can get employment to get back on her feet and be able to pay her bills on her own," said Officer Sincerbox.

In the meantime, Meagan says they just try to make it work.

"It's hard," said Meagan. "It's humiliating in a way because it's small, and everybody else has the luxuries of having a home and the things that come with home."

We're keeping Meagan's location secret for her own safety.

On Friday she was offered a home for a year by the Pueblo homeless agency called Posada, and a fund has also been set up for her.

You can donate at any Aventa Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

It's the Meagan and Melanie Taylor Fund.

You can also drop off donations at the Pueblo police headquarters, or you can contact Officer Michael Sincerbox at the headquarters main line, 719-553-2538.

 

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