Something as simple as a routine doctor visit can make the difference between a family’s basic survival and outright hunger.
A couple of weeks ago, a woman came into GraceWorks West in Fairview and said she needed food.
Her husband, who is an independent truck driver, had not been able to work for six weeks after his doctor’s examination revealed heart problems, said GraceWorks West Manager Kristin Ertel.
“They were living paycheck to paycheck every month, but they were always making it,” Ertel said. “But he doesn’t have medical insurance because he’s self-employed.”
The family has two teen-age boys and was in desperate want of food.
“She said, ‘We need a lot, but what we really just need is food,’” Ertel said.
Just that morning, GraceWorks employees had delivered a truck of meat and perishable food items. Ertel was able to load the family up with meat, deli items and produce in addition to the regular non-perishable staples given to families in need.
“She was so appreciative. We asked her about her utility bills, and she said they were starting to get behind. We paid her electric bill. She came in just wanting to feed her family, but we were able to ease back the burden of the electric bill, too,” Ertel said.
By providing food and utility help, GraceWorks was able to allow the family to use their resources for other needs.