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A Neighbor in Need Beats the Heat

July 14, 2015

Months after losing her husband to cancer, Jenni suffered another major blow: Her air conditioner broke down and needed major repairs. Without her husband’s income, Jenni barely had enough to make ends meet, let alone pay $2,000 to have her air conditioner fixed.

As summer—and Jenni’s tiny apartment—began to heat up, Jenni’s life was at risk. The oppressive heat and humidity made her COPD worsen by the day, making her cough, wheeze and feel weak. Vincentian volunteers in her neighborhood came to her aid on the hottest day of the year, covering the cost of the repairs and providing food vouchers.

Too many of St. Louis’ most vulnerable suffer from lack of access to utilities and other basic needs. Without your support, many would succumb to heat-related illnesses this summer. Luckily, with your help, SVDP’s programs and person-to-person services save lives year after year. 

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