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A Safe Home

January 21, 2016

At 87, Joe had saved up for years to put his wife Betty, who suffers from dementia, into a nursing home where she could live safely while receiving the medical care she needed.

When Joe finally got Betty settled into the memory care facility, the weight of caring for her was off his shoulders, but soon another heavy burden came down on him. Even though Medicare paid for her room in the facility, the costs that Medicare did not cover ate up all of their savings. With only a small pension and Social Security to live on, Joe quickly fell behind on his bills. His electricity was shut off and it looked like he was in for a cold and dangerous winter in his apartment without heat or electricity.

Thankfully, Vincentian volunteers in Joe’s neighborhood came to his aid, paying the balance on his bill. The electric came back on by 5 p.m. that evening before the cold of the night set in.

Last fiscal year, more than half of of the Society's distribution of services is utiltiy assistance. But before any assistance is provided, our Vincentians visit those in need and evaluate their situation to ensure your gift is being used wisely. Then, payment is made directly to the utility companies. None of this would be possible without the help of our supporters and friends, who empower Vincentians to keep their neighbors in need safe in their homes. 

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