My name is Rebekah Del Rio. I am a professional singer/songwriter who has been in numerous films and TV and have had record deals as well as put out my own independent albums. Like many self employed creatives, I have always lived paycheck to paycheck. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to perform with major super stars and in major motion pictures, however, I have never realized my own dream of being on tour and making a 'real' living at my music. I have always had a survival job and last year I was injured from a show and was not recovering very well. My husband discovered he has thoracic disc disease and has been unable to help support us and our landlord was desperately trying to make us leave our rent controlled home of 11 years so he could up the rent. I had been trying to release a self funded (and kickstarter funded) album and tour but to no avail. We were in desperate need of assistance for our basic living expenses and medical premiums. I reached out to Wendy at S.O.S. and she was quick to assist us, not only in granting us some much needed funds to pay our basic living needs while we tried to catch up but she also worked with other organizations to help us recieve more funds to pay for our food, shelter, insurance and utilities. Wendy and The Society of Singers were wonderful to us and did not make me feel like a beggar but she made us realize that sometimes we ALL need a little help from our friends and being a professional singer doesn't mean you are always in the money. I have not been paid for so many of my vocals, from companies and directors who have the money to pay me but refuse to do so. If there were not foundations such as S.O.S. to help out, I don't know what would have become of us in that situation. We are still struggling to keep afloat but at least we are still in our home and the bills were paid. Please share this with everyone! S.O.S. is A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!!'' love & light Rebekah Del Rio
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the fact that because of their generous grant, I was able to stay in my home and to get the medical attention that my husband and I desperately needed due to their assistance with my medical premium.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
wish that there were more grants to help them have more representatives. Wendy works alone most times (at least in 2011) and she could use some more funds to get a staff to help her.
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How did you find this group?
Through Music Cares who is also a WONDERFUL charity.
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
To believe in the power of HELP. S.O.S. and the other charities such as Music Cares, The Opry Fund, REALLY helped us and it was very hard to accept the fact that we were so down and out at that period that we needed assistance just to keep from getting evicted or from getting our personal medical insurance cancelled which would have been devastating. So it helped me and encouraged me to ask for help when I really need it.
Client Served & I was a grant recipient and it changed my life!.
Video : Rebekah Del Rio in Mulhollad Drive singing Crying in Espanol Llorando