Catherine, a single adult, has been dealing with a brain tumor that has been affecting her ability to work. She is now the legal guardian of her two teenage siblings as both of their parents died within a year of each other, and she’s been struggling financially to make ends meet. A friend of Catherine’s told her about HOPE, and Catherine reached out at the beginning of July. HOPE’s Emergency Network System (HENS), which provides food and resources to the elderly or disabled who can’t get to HOPE’s facilities, sent one of our Case Managers to Catherine’s home to conduct an intake. Now, HOPE is able to send food to their home every week from our food pantry through our volunteer drivers, along with hygiene products. HOPE’s Case Managers worked with Catherine to apply for food stamps, and they also received vouchers to The HOPE Chest Thrift Store to get clothes and other necessary household items needed. The teenagers were able to receive food for the rest of Summer break, as part of HOPE’s Kids of HOPE Enrichment Program, and take part in HOPE’s Kids of HOPE Back to School Bash where they received everything they need for the new school year. HOPE’s goal is to help get Catherine and her family access to all of the benefits they are entitled to, and support them as needed to maintain their housing stability.
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