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One of the greatest strengths of JF&CS as a human services agency is our network of interconnected programs. People often come to us for help with one issue and find that we can assist them in a number of far-reaching ways. The client story below is a great example of how our various programs work together to change lives.
Naomi* and her husband were both working full-time to make ends meet. Baby Anna’s early arrival upended their plans.
Born prematurely at just 27 weeks, Anna spent months in the NICU and then remained on oxygen after being discharged. Naomi was unable to return to work, as Anna could not go to daycare because of her medical needs. With the family relying on just one income, they were struggling to pay their modest mortgage.
As part of the JF&CS Oliver, Ian, and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program, Naomi was already receiving emotional support and parental guidance. The JF&CS staff soon saw the family needed additional lifelines as well.
Keeping Their Home
As an initial step, the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support® family resource coordinator did a complete assessment of the family’s situation. The primary need was to find resources to help pay the mortgage until Anna was well enough to go to daycare and Naomi could return to work.
As part of a larger plan to provide a bridge during this challenging time, CERS staff referred the family to JF&CS Emergency Financial Assistance, the Boston Bullpen Project, and Catholic Charities. All three provided financial assistance, which allowed Naomi and her husband to make three months of mortgage payments and prevent foreclosure.
Back on Their Feet
CERS staff also referred the family to JF&CS Bet Tzedek Legal Services, to assist with an issue that had come up with SSI disability benefits for Baby Anna. In addition, JF&CS staff helped to ensure that the family was getting their full SNAP (food stamps) benefits. With the generous support of community donors, Naomi’s clinician was able to bring diapers and gently used clothing for the baby, which freed up money that could go toward the mortgage.
We are happy to report that Baby Anna’s health continues to improve, and Naomi looks forward to returning to work in the near future.
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*Client names have been changed to protect their privacy.