• Agency helps fill gaps for disabled woman

    Posted on October 16, 2012 by admin in Agency Stories, Donor Impact.

    When arthritis and diabetes sidelined Kathy Coria from her 25 years as a hairdresser, her finances were left in limbo before she could receive disability payments. With her rent almost a year behind, she sought out Tri-Lakes Cares for help. “Their food pantry probably kept me alive,” she said. Food, utilities and rent proved to be just the start. Workers helped her fill out disability paperwork and obtain a grant to fix up the outside of her mobile home. Now she has rock over the dirt in her drive and railings along the steps, crucial for arthritic knees first damaged in a youthful skiing accident. In 1991, she discovered the organization that is one of 15 charities receiving grants from The Gazette-El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund. Newly divorced with a baby, her landlord recommended Tri-Lakes Cares. “I was left to my own means and I lost my home and my husband and my job in the same week,” she said. Over the years, Coria sought help from Tri-Lakes Cares when she needed food or medication and was between jobs. “Without Tri-Lakes Cares there’s not a lot of people up here helping us,” she said. Executive Director Haley Chapin said government funding cuts have left an even greater need gap. To help fill the void, the organization also is asking businesses to donate services such as printing or web design that would allow more money to go directly to those in need. “It’s just a good as the check coming in,” she said. She also hopes people will add giving to their resolutions. Budgeting for a year based on what they receive over the holidays becomes difficult. “Need happens year around and we’d like to see giving year round,” she said. Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/almost-128730-lakes-gaps.html#ixzz29Uf8ZKjq

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