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Safe and Warm

November 10, 2015

Vincentians from St. Stephen Protomartyr conference first visited disabled veteran Jeff to deliver some food. When they entered Jeff’s small home, they found out Jeff lived exclusively in his living room—in fact, he had hung up area rugs to cover the doorways leading out of the room. Jeff explained that since he only lived on disability payments, he couldn’t afford to run his heater or air conditioner, and the area rugs kept the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He rarely, if ever, could use the other rooms in his home.

As temperatures drop this time of year, people in need like Jeff are struggling to remain safe and comfortable in their homes. No one should have to suffer through the winter—or any season, for that matter—without a dignified place to live.

Thankfully, our Vincentian volunteers are there to provide utility assistance and other basic needs. In this case, Vincentians were able to arrange for utility assistance for Jeff so he could use his heater, keeping him safe this winter. 

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