Yesterday we had a fearsome thunder storm. Heavy rain and lightning—really fascinating to watch from my living room window. Later I read on Facebook that some of my friends got caught in it. Luckily, they made it to the safety of their cars or the shelter of a restaurant for an impromptu bite!
But, then I thought about this woman who received help from LINK. Here’s her story:
Before moving to Virginia from the Midwest several years ago, Lisa—diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth—managed a housing development for seniors and people with disabilities. She enjoyed her work helping others, but wanted to move closer to family living on the Peninsula.
Lisa made the move to Virginia, but did not anticipate the difficulties she encountered finding employment and affordable housing. Not wanting to burden her family, Lisa eventually found herself homeless, living in her car, and on the steps of the PORT winter shelter program at a local church. Unable to sleep on the floor sleeping mats due to her disability, the LINK staff stepped in to help. “LINK was my life-saver,” Lisa says. “They were able to find an apartment for me, help me move in, and be self-sufficient again.”
Before LINK, that storm could have been more than an inconvenience or a funny story. It might have been devastating or even life threatening.
Long before I joined in 2000, the UUFP was collecting money for LINK on the third Sunday (tomorrow). Sometimes we may forget why until we read about Lisa and how she might still be living in her car had it not been for LINK.
The cash you place in the baskets tomorrow or the gift you make on-line right now to LINK helps change lives.