Statements of Support
Mary's and Joe's story...
Mary and Joe are grandparents raising their grandchildren. Mary and Joe had done everything right. They had planned for their own retirement and then their grandchildren had nowhere else to turn. Over time their savings disappeared as they provided for the needs of four children. They live on an extremely fixed income. They have been on a list for low income housing for years and are still far away from receiving a voucher, made more complicated due to their family size. Due to their very high rent, they have to make decisions each month about whether to pay for food, utilities, car insurance, or prescriptions. They do not have a credit card. When their car broke down there were no funds to have the vehicle fixed. They were unable to get to work, go to the grocery store, pharmacy or get the children to and from school.
Hopkinton Youth and Family Services collaborated with the other community services but there simply was not enough money to fix the car. The family fell deeper into debt and were at high risk for losing their apartment. The car repair center deeply discounted the bill and through social media raised some funds. St.Vincent DePaul and the Senior center helped too. The family was still left with a portion of the bill and had to make more tough choices about what would not be paid that month to fix the car.
Hopkinton Emergency Fund partners with organizations like Youth and Family Services, Project Just Because and Saint Vincent de Paul to help families like Mary's and Joe's.
"The Hopkinton Emergency Fund would serve to strengthen the safety net for vulnerable families by providing an avenue for the unmet needs of residents. When a family's dignity is restored through confidential access to help, it improves not only their finances, but their emotional health. When Hopkinton’s most vulnerable are well, all residents are well. The Hopkinton Emergency Fund which will confidentially support your neighbors, friends, and family when they are going through challenging times."
"The Emergency Fund will give families a new ray of hope to be helped financially. In an ever-changing world we live in, this would become a lifeline for these families to receive the financial assistance to help them through their difficult times."
Other stories of families with challenging situations that we could help...
Hopkinton Senior Center
"Despite support from other existing human service organizations in the Hopkinton Helpers network, we still found that there were needs we collectively could not meet. The Hopkinton Emergency Fund will provide the community with a much-needed safety net to support those who need assistance and ensure they do not fall through the cracks. "