Bathroom repair and rent are the reasons for the two requests received at Lex-Care last week.
Gail Ott, a social worker at Hospice of the Bluegrass, referred her case regarding a married couple who need $650 to complete repairs to their bathroom.
When the couple called to find what was wrong with the floor in their bathroom, they found that the floor, over time, had rotted due to a slow, undetected water leak. It was considered a safety hazard that had to be replaced.
The wife suffers from coronary obstructive pulmonary disease. Her husband is retired but continued working. When his wife's condition became increasingly worse, he had to stop working to care for her. The loss of his income made it impossible to cover the cost of the repairs. She has been admitted to the Hospice program with limited life expectancy.
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Income is limited to Social Security benefits they both receive.
The second case was submitted by Elizabeth Myers, a case manager at the Mary Todd Elementary Family Resource Center. Her client is a single mother of four who needs $750 to pay her rent.
She lost her job due to time lost so she could care for one of her children who became ill. During that time she fell behind on her rent. She has found new employment as a certified nursing assistant but will not receive her first check before her eviction notice is exercised.
Once the debt is paid her earnings and food stamps will be sufficient to cover the household's living expenses. She hopes to get a second job so she can continue attending school to improve her working skills.
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.