One request for assistance to pay rent arrived at the Lex-Care office last week. It came from Linda Pugh, a social worker at DCI-South Lexington. Her client is a terminally ill man. The need is $750 to pay his family's rent and avoid eviction.
The man has end-stage renal disease and is on dialysis. He recently has been diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer and has been referred to Hospice care because his life expectancy is less than a month.
The wife worked as an executive secretary for the federal government for many years, then as drapery consultant, and, lastly for the Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky. That organization ran out of funds, and she lost her job. She now volunteers there while she looks for work. It is difficult to find a job that will accommodate the need for flexible working hours so she can care for her husband.
Financial support is needed during this critical time. Facing the reality of the situation, she does not want to add to the trauma by moving her dying husband to less expensive housing. The landlord has agreed to extend the time of the eviction due to the circumstances. Once her husband dies, the wife and son will move into less expensive housing. She will then look for full-time employment.
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) 227-2765 or Lexcare.org.