Lex-Care: Disabled woman needs rent help

Increases in cost of medicine and utilities, and foot surgery were the reasons for the requests received this week at Lex-Care

Shannon Gordon, a social worker at the Senior Citizen's Center, is assisting a widow who needs $300 to pay her rent. The woman is disabled and lives on a small fixed income from Social Security and Supplemental Social Insurance. Her medical and utility expenses increased last month, causing her to fall behind on her rent. Gordon is helping adjust her budget. Once the adjustments have been made and her rent payments are current, she will be able to manage.

Unpaid medical leave causes hardship

Debbie Vinson, a social worker at St. Joseph Hospital, is counseling a man who needs $449 to pay his rent. The man is a patient at St. Joseph hospital, where he had a toe amputated because of a diabetic foot ulcer. He will be on unpaid medical leave from his full-time job for several weeks while he recovers. He will return to work full time.

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