Help with Insurance Premiums
A patient advocate was looking for assistance for a patient who had lost his insurance coverage while he was in active and aggressive chemotherapy treatment: “He has been out of work on medical leave for over a year with no income or disability benefits.”
“We were wondering if your Foundation helps patients with insurance premiums for COBRA. He has already sent a check in for this month but now has minimal funds left to cover his living expenses. He is hoping to be able to go back to work by May. I was able to help him apply for state coverage last week and we’re hoping I can get him approved and enrolled by April 1.”
The Foundation assisted with several months of Cobra payments and gift certificates for food and necessities.
A Family in Need of College Tuition
This request came in from our Facebook page for a family that we knew because when her husband was sick a while back, the Foundation paid for a stair lift for him: His diagnosis at that time for brain cancer was 6-12 months. He passed in 3 weeks.
It has now been 3 years and with no life insurance, they have just finally paid off the funeral expenses and are behind on most bills. The mom, who we talked to, is very proud and is only asking for help for her daughter. Her daughter had a scholarship offer from a college but when they found out that she had received social security payments up to the age of 18 after her dad’s death, they rescinded the offer.
They were going to appeal the financial aid decision but would not have it completed in time for the daughter to go enroll. Her younger daughter works at Stop & Shop and brings home food instead of a paycheck, and the mom is now working as a nanny full-time.
While the Foundation cannot commit to scholarships we did agree to give her a one-time payment to get her through the first year and a gift card to help with the books and supplies she will need for her first year while the financial aid situation is being worked out.
A Father & Children in Need
From our contact at Family Continuity Services in Plymouth we received this message:
“I have a family in desperate need of help. A single dad with two children, age 12 and age 14. The mother died many years ago. Literally every time I see this family, the children are in the same clothes. They also have little food in the home, as the dad does not believe in welfare or food stamps. Dad works at seasonal jobs, driving trucks and doing boiler-making work.
However I know that they would welcome and help that you could give, In fact, I was just talking with the son the other day about the fact that he gets bullied at school and he just said very matter of fact that “well it’s because I wear the same clothes all the time. What can you do? I’m not going to fight back and get suspended.” Now the father’s car is broken beyond repair and he has trouble getting to work. He has been borrowing his neighbor’s car when possible but that can’t last.
The Foundation was initially able to help the family with gift cards for clothes, food and gas.
Then something even better happened:
One of our Board members who is in the car business and has many connections talked to one of his customers about the Baker family situation. His customer who is a longtime supporter of the Foundation said he had a van that he would like to donate to the family. While it was older, it ran well, it was all ready for inspection, and was all waxed for use. He even went one step further and filled the van with groceries, clothes and other necessities for the family. While he chose to remain anonymous, he did remind us that there are many people out there who are willing to help keep Jonathan’s spirit of helping others alive.