Lex-care: Help people get caught up on utility bills

Shannon Gordon, a social worker at the Senior Citizen Center, submitted both cases received at Lex-Care this week. Her clients' needs were caused by high heating bills during the winter.

Her first case involves a single man who needs $307.13 to have his gas service reconnected. He plans to go on the company's budget plan to stabilize his bills. He also has applied for Medicare savings, which will result in an increase of his Social Security benefit.

When the past due bill is paid and the service is restored, he will manage on his Social Security benefits and food stamps.

Gordon's other client is a widow who was a stay-at-home mom for most of her life. She needs $449.89 to pay her past-due electric bill.

Once her debt is cleared, she will join the utility's budget plan. Then she will be able to meet her living expenses with the income from her Social Security benefits 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) 233-7779 or