March 11, 2015 By The FellowshipThe old, run-down house where 13-year-old Andrey and 6-year-old Maxim live with their mother and grandmother has leaky ceilings and holey floors – but they could never afford a new apartment. Their grandmother is retired and struggling to survive on a pension of only $170 a month. Their mother works long hours as an emergency services dispatcher but has little to show for it. Their father offers no support at all.The boys’ mother works 24-hour shifts, and although she loves her sons dearly, she is often too tired to spend much time with them. When their mother is at work or catching up on her sleep, Andrey acts as a substitute parent for Maxim.In the winter, the boys are often sick and their mother misses a lot of work to stay home and care for them. Maxim has chronic bronchitis, which is exacerbated by the drafty, moldy conditions in which they live.The Fellowship helps Andrey and Maxim by giving the family food cards, so they can buy nutritious food and basic necessities. Without The Fellowship’s help, the brothers wouldn’t even have basic school supplies. The family is grateful for the extra assistance that helps keep the brothers cared for and safe.