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Energy Assistance Makes Home Safe Again for Struggling Family

27 Sep. 2016

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Energy Assistance Makes Home Safe Again for Struggling Family

Energy assistance made it possible for Melissa and her kids to come home safely.

They’d been desperate for several days after the power in their apartment was shut off, unable to keep food refrigerated, access the Internet for work and school, run the garbage disposal. They’d relied on spending long, tiring days across town with family members, coming home late at night to dark rooms and cold showers.

“I felt like I was losing my mind,” said Melissa, a single parent with a toddler and a 13 year-old. “I was at a total loss and didn’t know what to do.”

Thanks to the kindness and caring of EOC donors, she received support during this dark time through energy bill payment assistance. Rather than continue to face more dangerous choices like getting behind on rent, she and her girls felt blessed to turn on the lights and move forward.

“It was an amazing ending to that nightmare,” Melissa said. It was one of the few bright moments she’s had in a difficult year marked by the devastating death of her mother, a brutal assault on her teenager and the unexpected loss of her job.

“It’s been a really rough time for us,” she said. “I just needed help catching up.”

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