Loss of income was the cause of both requests received at Lex-Care this week.
Penny Jordan, a social worker with REACH Inc., has a client who is a single male who needs $741.78 to pay two past-due mortgage payments. The man is disabled and uses a wheelchair. He draws Social Security disability benefits which, until last June, covered his medical expenses. At that time, he was notified that the medical portion of his benefits would no longer be provided. His monthly benefits were immediately reduced from $1,105 to $815.20. This loss of income caused hardship. He used his mortgage money to pay the utility bills. His bank has offered him two extensions on payments due. He is talking with the utility company about weatherization for his home. Jordan is assisting him in developing a budget and looking for part-time employment. He has skills in the field of photography and customer service. At this time his only income is from Social Security and his family.
Marla Swartz, a case manager in the Anderson County School System, is working with a mother of four who needs $750 to pay rent and a utility bill. Her husband left the household, quit working and is not supporting the family. The woman began baby sitting, receives food stamps and has applied for Section 8 housing. Income at this time is from her baby-sitting fees and food stamps. Swartz says that once the mother's current bills are paid and she is able to move, her long-range plan to obtain a teaching degree is likely to happen.
You can help: Send tax- deductible contributions to Lex-Care Inc. Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky. 40508. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 233-7779 or www.lexcare.org.