Depression, coupled with an outdated knee harm, left Ms. Taylor unable to go away her condo to buy meals. By the tip of April, her meals stamps had run out and her provides had been low.
That’s when she known as Children’s Aid, which is supported by The Fund, and her social employee on the Administration for Children’s Services. The teams supplied Ms. Taylor with takeout to carry her over till she might get entry to groceries, and, by means of The Fund, she acquired a $100 Stop and Stop present card.
“It was hard to do,” she mentioned of asking for assist. “But I said, ‘This is something I need to do for me.’”
Ms. Taylor suffered from weight reduction and felt too ashamed to go outdoors. But with encouragement from a pal, she started to emerge from her downward spiral. And after three months inside, Ms. Taylor got here out for contemporary air. She’s now learning for a license to develop into a safety guard.
Mr. Sanchez can also be rising from his months in limbo. Last month, Mr. Sanchez had his kidney transplant, and at this time, he’s feeling “amazing.”
“I’m almost afraid to speak on it because I don’t want to jinx it,” he mentioned.
Since March, he feared that the stranger who had determined to donate her organ would again out. She didn’t, and on Oct. 21, Mr. Sanchez acquired a new kidney as a part of an eight-person donor swap that began in Pennsylvania and ended with Mr. Sanchez within the Bronx.
“Even though things have been rough, I look at these little moments and say, I’m going to be OK,” mentioned Mr. Sanchez, who now owes $10,000 in rental arrears. “Who has a stranger offer them the gift of life? Those little things make me feel like, you know what, I can’t complain. I could but I’m going to chill because somebody is smiling on me.”
Ailing and Skipping Meals. Then, ‘You Know, I Could Use a Hand.’ Wire Services/ Pehal News.