Lex-Care: Family needs help fixing van for disabled child

Auto repair and a past-due electric bill were the reasons behind the two requests received at Lex-Care last week:

Selene Negrette, a case manager with Hospice of the Bluegrass, submitted a request on behalf of a family who needs $670 to pay for repairs to their disability-adapted van.

The family has a disabled child who is a patient with Hospice of the Bluegrass. The family's handicapped accessible van has developed many problems and the cost has depleted their savings. The van is used to transport their child to various doctor and treatment appointments. The father is employed and the mother stays at home to care for their disabled daughter and their son. When the repairs are paid the family will be able to meet household living expenses and to allot a certain amount of savings to pay for any future unexpected or emergency expenses.

Help with electric bill

Dolores Couch, who works at Adult and Tenant Services, is counseling a single man who needs $216.94 to pay his electric bill to prevent disconnection.

The man has been hospitalized and prescribed new medicines, resulting in unexpected expenses. He is unable to work and receives Social Security benefits. He has applied for low-income housing, which will reduce his living expenses and has made arrangements to attend financial literacy classes offered by the Lexington Rescue Mission. Couch is seeking assistance from local resources to assist with medication expenses.

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