In dark times, we pull together to help our neighbors. Here are just some of the stories from the past few days YOU have made possible.
The coronavirus cost a single mother of children her two part-time jobs. She contacted her ex-husband for help only to find he was laid off too. With financial help from local churches, GraceWorks worked out a plan to help her pay her rent.
A man, his voice shaking over the phone, asked for help with rent after his work hours were reduced. He had never had to ask for help before and said he didn’t know if he could repay the money. GraceWorks helped with the rent, told him he was not expected to repay, and told him he could get food at the drive-through pantry as long as he needed.
A young homeless couple had just found a home to rent, but one was laid off a week before moving in. The GraceWorks staffer arranged a hotel room for a few days and suggested churches where they might get help. Two churches offered to pay the first month’s rent, and they should be in their new home by the end of the week.
A single father of two children had his work hours reduced by the coronavirus impact. Already burdened by medical expenses he needed utility bill help. He is looking for more work, but is hampered by the need to be home with his children while schools are closed.
A woman who lost both of her part-time jobs started weeping in the drive-through food line. Not used to asking for help, she was scared to do so, but left uplifted with a trunk full of food.
A man in the drive-through food line worried about the availability of food for everyone. “I don’t want to take any food from anyone else,” he said. “I just want to take what I need.”
GraceWorks gave a single mother of three a shopping cart full of food, and directed her to other resources. Her gratitude turned to excitement when we told her about Franklin Special School District’s free breakfast and lunch program.
One of the first people in the food distribution line Saturday was a mother of two teenage boys who were eating her “out of house and home.” She received a shopping cart full of food and an extra gallon of milk to feed those growing boys, one of whom is autistic.
Sometimes GraceWorks has had to be creative in giving food. A homeless man came through the food line on a motorcycle. Another agency had fixed him up with a hotel room for a few days, but he needed food he didn’t have to cook and could fit in the satchel on his bike. He was allowed to choose items that he could eat without a kitchen to cook in.