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Help with the cost of an unexpected surgery keeps a senior in good financial shape  

Selfie taken by Kate, JB Brown Fund recipient

I was able to cut down the amount that I owe on my medical bill, which has helped me stay on top of my other bills and out of debt

Kate

A COVID pandemic-prompted job loss coupled with a health issue that required surgery had Kate worried about her finances – and future.

Just like many older adults living on a fixed income, Kate’s unexpected challenges caused her a lot of stress. After buying groceries and paying rent and utilities, she wondered how she could handle the medical bills from the surgery and still keep her home.

Until she reached out to Lauren, Director of Social Services for LifeSTEPS. Lauren helped Kate apply for emergency financial assistance, updated her resume and found the paralegal numerous employment opportunities.

The financial assistance helped with her medical bills – including the cost of the surgery – and eliminated the need for Kate to tap her credit cards.

“With Lauren and LifeSTEPS’ help, I was able to cut down the amount that I owe on my medical bill, which has helped me stay on top of my other bills and out of debt,” says Kate, who lives at Vintage Brook in Concord. “I’m truly grateful for LifeSTEPS’ assistance.”

Kate expresses her gratitude by volunteering at LifeSTEPS activities and events at Vintage Brook. She also helps fellow residents who need legal resources.

Kate appreciates LifeSTEPS and the JB Brown Fund, an organization that helps residents experiencing financial hardships in many of USA Properties Fund’s affordable apartment communities. Donations to the JB Brown Fund provide much-needed financial support.

“The financial assistance from LifeSTEPS helped keep Kate out of debt and relieved her anxiety about the surgery and the bills,” says Lauren. “The fact that we could make a difference in Kate’s life gives me great joy.”