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Connected: From SoCal to Sesame Street

Last year we featured a story, reported by Judy Muller, about a Lake Elsinore family that was forced to "short sell" their home, but were doing everything they could to make sure the house was cared for while the bank tried to sell it.

Erin and Joe Balli, and their two sons, Joey and Matthew, moved into a mobile home. But on weekends, they went back to their old place, and did things like mow and water the lawn and make sure the house was kept up.

Now the Ballis are a featured family on a Sesame Street special called Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times. The prime time special airs Wednesday, Sept. 9 on KCET.


The producers of the special saw the SoCal piece about the Ballis, and contacted our producer, Angela Shelley. They told Angela they needed a family that had figured out ways to successfully deal with financial challenges. Angela assured them they'd never find anyone who better fit that bill than the Ballis.

So tune in to see them with Elmo and the gang. There's lots of information about the program, including suggestions for talking to your own family about financial problems, here.

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What a neat story! I look forward to seeing the Balli family on air!

I am looking for the episode of Bert and Ernie on e fishing boat, I think is call Fish Call, I like to buy it.
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