Two cases arrived at the Lex-Care office last week requesting assistance to pay for utilities, care repairs and rent.
Leslie Calk, a case manager at William Wells Brown Family Resource Center, is counseling a disabled single woman who needs $448.05 to pay her gas bill.
She is the court-appointed guardian to two children ages 8 and 11. She and the children live on her Social Security disability benefits and food stamps. Because of bills from a recent hospitalization, she fell behind on her gas bill.
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The second case was submitted by Ashton Barrow, a social worker at Kentucky Foothills Partnership. She is working with a mother of two daughters who needs $750 to repair her car.
The mother and girls are all disabled; the mother suffers from asthma, fibromyalgia, slipped disc, depression and bipolar disorder, one daughter has post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and separation anxiety; the other has a mood disorder.
The mother was the victim of domestic violence for a number of years. She was hospitalized some time ago when her lungs collapsed during an asthma attack. During that time her daughters were raped by their cousin. The mother and the girls left the home, planning to move to Florida, where other family members live. En route they were robbed and ended up at a homeless shelter. They finally arrived in Kentucky, where they now live in an apartment and the girls are in school. Recently their car was damaged in an accident and is in need of repairs, which they cannot afford.
Once the car is repaired and the school year is over they hope to move to Florida.
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.