Two cases were received at Lex-Care this week requesting financial assistance to pay rent and a utility bill.
Lori Cain, a case manager at Community Action, is working with a mother of two who is separated from her husband. She needs $750 to pay a past due gas bill. Last month the gas service was disconnected. When she called to have the service restored, she was told that first she had to pay the balance of almost $3,000.
She turned to family, friends and her church; then she turned to Community Action. The case was referred to Cain, who helped her get assistance from her agency, as well as make the request to Lex-Care.
The woman is employed full-time and will be able to manage once this debt is paid.
Jill Hargis, a counselor in the Woodford County schools, is guiding a married couple with a 13-year-old son who need $275 to move into an apartment. Last month they lost their home to a fire and are now homeless.
The family has received temporary assistance from the American Red Cross and Community Action. They have found an apartment manager who will work with them, but they need the money to be able to move.
The man has found full-time employment but had yet to receive his first paycheck. The family is receiving counseling to help manage the stress resulting from the fire and to fine-tune their budget.
Once they are settled, they will be able to manage.
You can help: Lex-Care Inc., P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky. 40588. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 699-9859 or Lexcare.org.