Two requests, both for assistance to pay utility bills, were received this week at Lex-Care.
■ Gabriel Brown, case manager at Jessie Clark Middle School, has a client who is a single mother to two, ages 12 and 9. She needs $750 to pay an electric bill.
She and her children left their home because of domestic violence. They have been living in a homeless shelter for several months. She has found full-time employment and has been approved to rent a two-bedroom apartment that will be safe and secure.
She discovered, when she applied to have electric service connected, that the service at the home she had left was still in her name and the bills had not been paid since her departure. That debt has to be cleared before she can close that account and qualify for a new one for service at the new apartment. Once that is taken care of she will be able to complete the move and hopes to accomplish that before the school year begins. The children will then be settled, she will continue to pursue her teaching certification for Kentucky and able to maintain her family on her earnings where she works.
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■ Shannon Gordon, a social worker at the Senior Citizens Center, is counseling a married couple who need $224.89 to pay water and gas bills.
The husband lost his job as a computer programmer because of the economy. While his claim for unemployment benefits was being processed, the family fell behind on the utility bills. He has been approved to receive the benefit, but the first check has yet to arrive. Once the bills are paid, the amount of the benefit will cover household and living expenses and he will be able to spend all of his time looking for full-time work, which he hopes to accomplish before the benefits run out.
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.