I just learned that the husband of a friend of mine left her 5 days ago. She has 2 small children and has major financial difficulties now. To add to the mix, he came very close to punching her as he left in a rage. She doesn't know where he is. Some of the issue has to do with a failed business venture. She thinks she has to file for bankruptscy. There is no money to make this months' mortgage payment. The house they live in isn't in her name, but credit cards are in both. Neither set of parents know.
My question is - how can I help her? What resources can I point her to? I plan on bringing her food, offer playdates for company, my ear to listen, watching the kids so that she can have time to do what she needs to do. I also want to have wise words, information, but I don't know where to start. I've never been there or even close, nor have I known anyone that has gone through this, so I don't want to make mistakes and scare her away. She needs friends and I really want to be a good one that she feels she can rely on.