Rent plus a late payment and a past due utility bill are the reasons for the two requests Lex-Care received last week.
Shannon Gordon, a social worker at the Senior Citizen Center, is advising a disabled widow who needs $316.70 to pay her gas bill. The woman is raising her teenage granddaughter and has been struggling to live on the fixed income she receives from Supplemental Social Insurance. Gordon has assisted her in enrolling in the gas company's budget plan, as well as UHEAP to assist with heating expenses. She has also helped the woman apply for food stamps and to receive help from Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program/Child Support and Grandparent Services, of which the woman was unaware. When the past due bill is paid, the household will be able to manage.
Dani Rodgers, a case manager at the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, is counseling a separated mother of two who needs $750 to pay rent and a late fee. She and her daughters were sharing an apartment with a roommate. The roommate left when the rent came due. The client left her job and fell behind on her rent. She has another job and is now trying to catch up on rent payments. When her finances are back in order she hopes to return to school to improve her job skills. Her income is from her earnings and food stamps.
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.