Paid 09/07/2011
Independent Living Grant
Imminent Loss of Utilities
Elderly Persons

Fully Funded

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This person has left the following thank you note:

I cannot thank all of you enough for your generous help. This money has put me back on my feet and lifted my spirits. This was the first time in my lifetime I have ever asked for help. Thank you again!

86-year-old Grandmother Scared They'll Turn Off Electricity

My Story:

I am an 86-year-old widow. I live alone. I have four children and many grandchildren. My husband died in 1991. I live off of social security and a small rental income (which I have not received in the past few months). I am retired, but I am now also disabled. I have CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Asthma and Emphysema from my husband's smoking (I was never smoker).

Most of my children live far away, but I do have a 60-year-old son who lives nearby and helps me with things I cannot do by myself. Because of my health condition, I require air conditioning. I live in Texas, where it is very hot and humid. It is almost 100 degrees as my granddaughter helps me write this.

This month and last month I had unexpectedly high electric bills, medical bills, and computer repair bills that left me behind. I also had to pay my property taxes. Because my income is so low, I just can't catch up. I had to take out a 'Payday' loan just to be able to pay all of my bills. I had to pay that back because the interest was so high, and with all of my other unexpected or unusually high bills, I cannot afford to pay my electric bill this month! I cannot have my electricity cut off, as it controls my hot water and my cooking and most importantly, my cooling. Without air conditioning, I am unable to breathe due to my asthma, emphysema, and CHF. I don't know what to do!

There are times I don't buy medications because I cannot afford them. In July and August, I had to pay property tax (homeowner taxes), an enormous electric bill as my, son-in-law had a stroke and he and my daughter stayed at my home for six weeks, computer repairs, and medical bills and car expenses.

I am certain that if my electricity is cut off, I will end up in the hospital or dead with breathing and heart complications from my medical conditions. It is very scary. I have never asked for any type of assistance before until now, but I am desperate and don't know where to turn.

Helping pay my electric bill this month will ease my mind, allow me to sleep peacefully, and allow me to breathe. I will avoid being hospitalized or possibly even dying or respiratory illness, and I will be so greatly relieved to have this burden off my mind. It will allow me to catch up once and for all, so that I can go forward without such worry and the related health effects. I am 86 and I cannot afford such worry or the heat of Texas in the summer without air conditioning!

As of 2011-09-07, this application has been fully funded!

This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.

Application Status Update: On 2011-09-12, Modest Needs sent payment via Check in the amount of $440.08 to CPS Energy on behalf of this deserving individual.