Brian bravely battled Crohn’s Disease and a panic disorder to hold down a job to support his family until the development of a large hernia prevented him from continuing at his job. He applied for disability, but it took an entire year for his application to be approved. Brian’s family was selling off household items in order to pay their bills. Learning of the situation, the pastor at his Fleetwood church suggested Brian contact Friend, Inc. Immediately, Brian was able to utilize the Food Pantry, enroll his two children in Christmas Cheer and receive help applying for other federal and state assistance programs that helped keep the family in their home. Today, Brian works a part-time job while receiving disability. The family is back on their feet and grateful for all the help they received from Friend. Now a client turned donor, Brian occasionally stops by with donations of clothing and school supplies to help other children.
Andy and Nina and their three children relocated in the Topton area this summer. “We miss our family in New York,” says Nina, “It’s hard getting used to a new community especially when the kids are not in school,”. That is why the family decided that Andy would stay home this summer allowing Nina to concentrate on learning her new job. Just as they were getting settled, the landlord decided to place their building up for sale. The family had to move again! Luckily, they found another home for rent nearby, but the monthly expenses would be considerably higher. Not sure where to turn, a Brandywine teacher suggested they contact Friend, Inc. There they received rent assistance and help with utility bills. Once the children were settled in school, Andy found a part-time job that fit in well with the children’s schedule.
Darcy was injured on the job. When her workman’s compensation ended she didn’t know where to turn. After being introduced to Friend, Inc. by her Kutztown neighbor, she was referred to Family Guidance which has offices at Friend, Inc. Darcy was able to find everything she needed to get back on her feet at the Friend, Inc. offices—counseling, assistance with her disability case, applications for other social programs as needed, and the Food Pantry was a big help too. Good news was just around the corner. Darcy was able to get her finances in order with help from Friend’s money management classes, her daughter was accepted at IUP and is reportedly getting A’s and B’s in her classes. And just recently Darcy’s disability case was approved and she is able to return to work for a few hours each week.