Two cases requesting assistance were received at the Lex-Care office last week.
Lori Vogel, a social worker at Northern Elementary School, is helping a retired single, widowed, grandfather who needs $750 to repair his car. The man worked as a warehouse manager until he retired. He now lives on his Social Security benefits. In October 2010 his car broke down at the same time his wife died while receiving treatment in a Louisville hospital. Funeral expenses resulted in his inability to have his car repaired. In January 2011 he legally adopted his 9-year-old granddaughter, which resulted in court and attorney fees. Now, with the expense of raising his granddaughter, he his been unable to save enough money to have his vehicle repaired.
Janice Purdy, a social worker at the Pediatric Palliative Department of Hospice of the Bluegrass, is counseling a family who needs $170.52 to pay their electric bill. The husband is employed as a seasonal worker and the wife worked as a retail clerk to support the family. They have a 17-year-old son who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Because of the ongoing situation with her son's health, the wife was let go from her job. They fell behind on their utility bill. When the debt is paid, the family will be able to manage on the husband's earnings.
You can help: Lex-Care Inc., P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky. 40588. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 699-9859 or Lexcare.org.