Food Thought In this Issue... Sue’s Corner Food Assistance Education Client Support Volunteer Thrift Shop Donor Relations
Upcoming Food Drives: May 9, United States Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive June 6, at Market Basket, Endicott Street, Danvers Sept 19, at Market Basket, Endicott Street, Danvers
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Came for gifts but left with so much more.
n a chilly morning in November, Kristen* came into the Beverly Bootstraps offices to sign her family up for the Adopt-aFamily program. She wanted to ensure that her two young children would have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. While meeting with Kristen, we learned that she is a single mother and works two different part-time jobs for a total of just over 40 hours per week, but is still having a hard time making ends meet. We suggested she come back for another visit to learn more about her situation and to figure out if there were other ways we could help her and her family. At Kristen’s second visit we learned that the hours at one of her jobs had been cut and she had fallen behind on her rent. Because of our collaboration with the Fund to Prevent Homelessness, we were able to make an appeal on her behalf and get her some financial assistance to catch up on her rent payments. Kristen’s income put her just over the limit to receive financial assistance through programs like SNAP. This is the case with many of our clients and why our services are critical to help meet the needs of families like Kristen’s. To help alleviate the financial strain of her full grocery bill, we referred her to the Food Pantry. Now she comes regularly for her three bags of food. By combining the food received here with her smaller purchases at the market, she has enough food to sustain her family. Recently her Beverly Bootstraps Case Manager helped her put together all the paperwork necessary to apply for fuel assistance and also talked to her about coming to Beverly Bootstraps to have her taxes done and apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit. If she qualifies, the EITC reimbursement could be just the thing to keep her family stable for several months. Through our Youth programs, we are working on sending her oldest child to camp this summer too! Although Kristen came to us for help with holiday gifts, we were able to assist her in so many other ways to help put her in a much more stable position. Because of you, Beverly Bootstraps has such wonderful community support, and we continue to be able to offer our many services to those who so desperately need help. *Name changed to protect privacy. Stock photo used.