There were tears of relief when an older woman received the help she needed to safely stay in her home, thanks to the Center of Grace.
Christa, who lives on her own in Section 8 Housing in Olathe, is trying her best to survive on her monthly Social Security income. However, some months are tough, and she has to pick and choose what bills to pay.
Last month, for instance, her car broke down. It is essential to her livelihood, so she had no choice but to pay to have it fixed. Without any savings and strapped for cash, Christa had no other option but to skip paying one of her bills that month and made the hard choice of not paying her electric bill.
During a visit to the Clothing Closet so she had something warm to wear as winter approaches, she was upset because she had just received a notice that her power was in danger of being shut off for non-payment. “Is there anything you can do to help?” she asked one of the volunteers.
Well, it just so happens that yes, the Center does have a small pool of money available to help pay for utility bills. For Christa, the help (along with a free meal at the Center of Grace each Wednesday) came just in time and she could keep the lights on.
The tears she showed were a sign of gratitude and a reminder of the multitude of ways that people need help, and the Center of Grace is there for them.
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