Injuries bring two requests for help

Special to the Herald-Leader

Two cases, both requesting assistance with rent and utility bills, were received at Lex-Care this week.

Cathy Sutphen, case manager at the Russell Cave Family Resource Center, is counseling a single mother of three, ages 16, 13, and 9, who are all in school. She needs $750 to pay her rent and utility bills.

She works in housekeeping and laundry service. A month ago, she suffered a severe burn to her hand and has been unable to work. Because of the length of time she has been unable to work, she lost her job. The loss of her wages has caused her to fall behind on these bills. She plans to return to work as soon as she receives a medical release. There is no income at this time, but her landlord is willing to work with her because she has been a good tenant. Once she returns to work she will again be able to provide for her family.

Sandra Ballew-Barnes, at the Breckinridge Elementary Family Resource Center, is advising a father of twins. He needs $627.15 to pay his rent and electric bills.

He is the sole breadwinner in the family. His wife, who has applied for Social Security disability benefits, is unable to work because of severe high blood pressure, major depression and chronic hepatitis. Her case is pending.

He suffered back and knee injuries while on the job he has held for more than a year. He has undergone three surgeries to remedy the back problem and both knees. During this time he was on non-pay status, but received worker's compensation benefits. Those benefits stopped when he was released to return to work but he will not receive his first paycheck for two weeks. The family will be able to manage when his pay status is established again.