Just a few stories of how the United Way and Brunswick Family Assistance are working together in Brunswick County…
Mr. V was in a horrific car accident in which he badly injured his leg and was unable to work, leaving his family of six (6) without any household income as he waited to receive workman’s compensation and disability benefits. Unable to pay their rent, the family was forced to move out of their home and into a small camper. Mr. V came to BFA desperate to get his family out of the confined space of the camper and into a house. He had been approved for his compensation benefits and was actively looking for affordable housing. Utilizing funding from United Way and Crow Creek Book Club, BFA was able to assist Mr. V with $700 toward his first months’ rent and $200 toward deposits for utilities. By partnering with Crow Creek Book club, BFA helped this family of six move out of a confined camper and into a sufficient sized home.
In April of 2016 a young mother of three came to BFA because her family was on the verge of eviction. The young lady had recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Due to her extensive doctors visits and treatments, her husband had to take a leave of absence from work and the family had fallen behind financially. They had already lost their only car to repossession and were about to lose their home, with nowhere to go. With the help of United Way funds, together with funding from Trinity United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, BFA was able to cobble together $1,200 to help this family stay in their home.
These stores illustrate the crossover of funding and services coming under a single roof, which is Brunswick Family Assistance, BFA is able to make good on our mission to improve the lives of individuals and families in crisis, by providing emergency assistance.