Amy Dornack is the Program Manager for CommQuest Services Family Living Center. She recently met a family who were referred to her organization through the Homeless Hotline. They were facing financial difficulties due to their chronic health problems, and had been living in their car for several months. Their story illustrates how easily it is for any of us to find ourselves struggling from a series of unanticipated events.
“James” was self-employed for most of his adult life but lost his business due to numerous medical issues. “Lynn” worked in health-care. She loved her job and her patients, but contracted a rare illness and had to stop working. Without the income from working, the couple was unable to pay for their rent and utilities, and they were evicted. They applied for Social Security Disability benefits, but the process was long and arduous. The only financial assistance coming in was child support for Lynn’s son and SNAP benefits they received for groceries.
The situation was dire, and they reached out for help. The Family Living Center – which receives funding from United Way of Greater Stark County – was able to provide James and Lynn with assistance for food, clothing and medical care. ICAN Housing (another United Way-funded local agency) helped them with rental assistance to find housing they could afford. The family has have moved out of the FLC shelter, and are now in a permanent home.
James and Lynn now have hope for the future, thanks to the continuum of care available in our community. Think about how your life would be changed if you encountered similar challenges, then consider how your donation can help someone in a tough situation right now. Your generous contribution to United Way of Greater Stark County means that other local individuals and families who are struggling can get help – and get back on their feet. That’s how we make AWESOME things happen!
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