#GivingTuesday kicks of the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end of year giving.
Imagine not having a place to call home this Christmas. The Smith family recently faced this possibility. When they came to the Wesley Mission Center they felt desperate and hopeless.
Home for the Holidays: Change happens when you give.
Janet, and her elderly husband, live on a fixed income. They are not very mobile due to her husband's ongoing health issues. The Smith's living situation became more complicated when a family emergency required them to take in their young grandson. Increased household expenses left them without enough money to pay their utilities and buy enough food.
Through our AccessAbility program, Janet and her family were able to stay in their home. That same day we helped eliminate their crisis by paying the electric bill, and by providing the family with food and hygiene products.
But we didn't stop there! After understanding their situation, our AccessAbility coordinator reached out to their creditors and helped them negotiate better interest rates. We also helped them lower their monthly utility costs with better contracts. Our staff then visited the Smith's in their home and discovered urgent repair needs. With partner agencies we helped them secure a wheelchair ramp.
Janet's family will celebrate this Christmas safely, and securely, at home because of donors like you. Help us help more seniors in Mansfield by making a donation. Your gifts make a difference!
Carmin MacMillan, Executive Director