Lex-Care: Help needed to pay late rent

Requests for assistance to pay rent and another to cover a utility bill were received at Lex-Care this week.

Treena Burdette, a social worker at Lexington Rescue Mission, is counseling a single man who needs $250 to pay his rent.

He was laid off from his full-time job at a local auto repair shop due to the inability to receive auto parts from the manufacturer. He received unemployment benefits while looking for employment. When those ran out, he fell behind on his rent and received an eviction notice. He has now found work at a local restaurant but help to take care of the past due rent is needed.

Mother needs help with electric bill

Danielle Gilchrist, a social worker at Community Action Center, is helping a single mother of a 2-year-old who needs $185 to pay her electric bill.

The woman slipped and fell while shopping at a store and suffered a concussion, neck strain and back contusions. She was hospitalized and the medical team found that the accident had triggered symptoms of multiple sclerosis, of which she was completely unaware. During that time she had to stop attending her classes at the University of Kentucky and fell behind on her electric bill. She is still under doctor's care while a plan is being developed to treat her medical problems. She intends to return to school in August.

Once the bill is paid she will be able to manage on her income from the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program (K-TAP) 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