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Relief and Recovery

October 23, 2015

When 72-year-old Julia’s daughter died, Julia’s life turned upside down. She ached after the loss of her daughter, but she ached even more for her four young grandchildren, who suddenly had nowhere to go.

Julia brought her grandchildren, ages 12, 10, 7 and 3, into her home and had to make do with what she had, trying to help the children feel at home after such a traumatic loss. But living only on Social Security, Julia could not afford beds for each child. She gave up her own bed for the two youngest, while she and the others slept on the floor. Between the arthritis and back problems, sleeping on the hard floor became increasingly difficult for Julia, and she hated to see the kids come home from school without a comfortable place to sleep at night.

Thanks to the support from our friends and donors, our Vincentian volunteers were able to purchase mattresses for Julia and her grandchildren through the Beds for our Neighbors in Need Program. 

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