Single Mom Loses House, Then Job In Same Week

RED OAK (CBSDFW.COM) – Many people started out the week realizing all they have to be thankful for, but a single mother in Red Oak is having a tough time focusing on her blessings after losing everything all at once.

Stephanie Saunders fought back tears as she sorted through the remains of her burned out home.

“It’s very hurtful,” she said. “I’ve lost everything I’ve worked for.”

The 36-year-old mother of three teenage girls told CBS 11 News a burning candle started a fire that quickly spread through her home.

With almost all of her family’s belongings buried in soot, Saunders needed a few days off from work to find temporary housing.

Imagine her surprise when that request led to being fired from her job at dental office in Plano.

Though most everything she has is gone, Saunders was able to salvage some family photos — including those of her late brother, who was killed five years ago.

After his murder, Saunders started a charity for crime victims in her brother’s name. CBS 11 profiled the organization in 2007.

With strong faith, Saunders hopes to overcome the double blow of heading into the holidays living in temporary housing and unemployed. Her story is a reminder of how fortunate those are who have both.

“I think it’s very unfair, especially to my kids,” said Saunders. “I’ve had to cry privately because I don’t want to do it in front of them. I feel like I’ve let them down.”


One Comment

  1. Rick says:

    Can CBS 11 please post or broadcast a way to help this family?

    1. Robert says:

      How about a job for me in that broadcast? It’s been three years and at 54 things are not looking up. I would like some help too! How did her story make the news? Can I tell my story too?

    2. altha says:

      Ms. Saunders you didn’t let your children down your employer did that for you. What is the name of the Plano dental office?

  2. Kathy Rollwage says:

    Being a single Mom is hard enough. There are a number of agencies out there that should be able to help this family. And as Rick has requested, additional information on any fundraising activities and the like for them. I’m certain the local community would be more than happy to help her.

  3. T Dobson says:

    More information on how to help this family would be great! And as far as that dental office I think their name should be blasted across the internet so we can make sure and not use their services!

  4. Pippie says:

    I hope that the employer who fired her is ASHAMED of themselves!

  5. Rod says:

    name the employer.

  6. Robert says:

    The employer does not care about her on a personal level. She was employed there to make him more money. Just another story of big money rules. Employers tend to forget who helped their success stories become reality.

  7. Melinda Shelley says:

    I would like to make a donation to help her and her girls. Please post an address or any information..

  8. Gennifer says:

    Give info on how to help

  9. liz says:

    its ashame when we as people cant take a day or two off for extreme impotance but its ok to have close the office for the dentist to have his/her time off…how sad have we become America??put yourself in her place for a change and see how fast that employer changes…really now

  10. RR Worker says:

    To all of you who are condemning the employer for firing her, thare are always two sides to every story. If they really fired her for this one time event, then shame on them, and maybe shame on them anyway considering she lost her home. However, if this is the last in a long string of absences and/or poor work ethic or performance, then she has only herself to blame. When somebody hires office help, they need you there doing your job, every day, and not taking off once or twice a week or coming in late and leaving early. She still needs and deserves help with the fire loss any way you look at it.

  11. Rick says:

    If by chance any members of this family happen upon these comments and need help moving their belongings…I’m off this week and have a pickup truck. I’ll leave my number and e-mail address with the station.

  12. Copper says:

    i hope the Red Cross was called by the Fire Dept to assist family. They help 24/7.

  13. James Deangelis says:

    who is the Dentist? I also like to know how I can help!!

  14. noemail says:

    Apparently this dentist traded their heart for a dental license. I’d like to know the name of this heartless practitioner so I can avoid that business. Someone that insensitive to their own employees is not likely to be much kinder to their patients. I hope that mother can find another home and employer lightyears better than she had before. God bless you and good luck.

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