Two requests for assistance with rent and mortgage payments arrived at the Lex-Care office this week.
Andrew Merrill, a case manager at KVC Behavioral Health/Craney and Clark, is helping a single mother who needs $720 to pay her rent. The woman has a good employment history, having worked for more than 20 years in customer relations in the banking and utility service industries. She was working full-time until her hours were reduced. The resulting drop in earnings, and reductions in her allotment of food stamps and her son's Social Supplemental Insurance benefits, along with the lack of child support payments for three months, have resulted in difficulty in paying her rent.
The county attorney is garnisheeing the wages of her son's father, which will guarantee future child support payments. The mother has an associate degree as a medical records assistant and is seeking full-time employment. She also is making adjustments to her budget. Once the rent is paid and plans are completed, she and her son will be financially stable.
Jennifer Buckner, a social worker at Central Baptist Hospital, is trying to get $750 for her client, a divorced woman, for a mortgage payment.
The woman and her daughter live and work in a house on the Kentucky River. The basement has been remodeled to accommodate a day-care business the daughter owns. Their basement/business was flooded by recent storms. They were forced to stay in a motel for several days, and the day care center was closed. The day care center is open again, but the costs involved and the loss of income after the flood have resulted in difficulty in paying the mortgage. Once the requested Lex-Care money is received, the mortgagor is willing to work with them to arrange a program that will get them back to financial stability in short order.
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.