Sunshine in the Midst of a Winter Storm
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Sunshine in the Midst of a Winter Storm

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November 28, 2011

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Read more successes from the NCOA Economic Security Initiative in our publication The Road to Economic Security.

“In 2009, my job moved from Long Island to Georgia,” said Ms. H.

With no job and just her Social Security income, Ms. H was forced to move back to New York and live with her sister, where she was introduced to the PathStone Corporation, one of NCOA’s Economic Security Service Centers.

Ms. H took advantage of all the services that were provided and enrolled into PathStone’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which brought in an additional $580 per month. She also applied for food stamps, which brought in $60 per month.

Just as the light began to break through the clouds, Ms. H was notified that she had to move out of her sister’s house and find her own housing.

Frustrated and upset, Ms. H called her caseworker and informed her of her current dilemma. After a few calls, her economic security specialist was able to find affordable housing for Ms. H. within a week.

Today, Ms. H has a great place to live and is earning $825 per month as a SCSEP program trainee, where she helps seniors who are in the financial straits she previously was in. She receives $180 per month in food stamps and has increased her economic security overall by 12%.

“I do not know where I would be without PathStone, the SCSEP program, the ESI program and BenefitsCheckUp®; it has given me my life back,” she says.

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