Islanders feel the benefit of your donations in many ways.
From time to time, we'll post true stories of how you help to improve the quality of life for those in need. As you'll see from the stories below, we're often called upon to help people in quite unique ways.
Quality of Life
There are more than a few elderly islanders living on a very low income on Hilton Head. We call it "the other face of Hilton Head." Although they can take care of their own basic needs, it doesn't take much to throw them into a financial dilemma.
Recently Laura turned 80 years old. We are always surprised that she does as well as she does on a very minimal income. The last time Laura came into the Well, she said that she had lost her glasses. We knew that she shouldn't "get along" without, so we put her in touch with Scott's Vision Center who collaborates with our local Lions Club in just these situations. After the Lion's Club paid their portion of the replacement glasses, Deep Well paid the remainder, and very quickly Laura had new glasses.
Keeping Homes Livable
Teresa has been living in a little house built by her grandmother who died 10 years ago. Teresa was a toddler when the house was built some 40 years ago, and like all older houses, it is in need of repair. Teresa and her partner both work and manage well with the daily expenses, but when home repairs are needed, there are no funds. Also, her two young grandchildren now live with her.
Recently Teresa call Deep Well to say there was no hot water. Our Livable Housing director, Rita Jones, paid a visit and discovered the hot water heater was broken and beyond repair. Deep Well was able to purchase and install a new one.
Our Livable Housing Program continues to help people like Teresa with basic home repairs, enabling them to live in a home that is truly livable and giving them a more stable and comfortable life.
A Creative Solution.
Susan is a middle aged lady, part of a large family that settled on Hilton Head decades ago. About a year ago she was diagnosed with a very serious cancer, and at that time we gave her gas cards to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Susan called us just last week to see if we could help her with the co-pay of her doctor bill. She is unable to work and gets a disability check that does not even cover all her basic needs. Paying medical bills is not a service we provide, so we suggested to Susan that we could help with her mortgage payment, freeing her funds for other bills. Susan brought us her mortgage bill and we were able to pay a full month's mortgage for her. In the course of following up with the doctor's office, the manager there said she would do her best to get the bill discounted. We feel that when Islanders have a serious illness, all they should be concerned with is getting through the treatments and getting well. Deep Well will continue to be on hand to help Susan and others like her.
Aging in Place.
This term describes what happens eventually to all of us; but living close to the poverty line presents additional challenges. Joe and June had been together for over 40 years. At age 76, June was more than a decade older than Joe and had not been able to work for the past 5 years due to poor health. Joe was still working, so between his salary and her social security check, their bills were paid with just a little to spare. When June died last month, her minimal social security ended. Joe was caught short on his rent, and he turned to us for help. Deep Well interviewed Joe and learned that he had a plan in place to solve the problem; however he needed help with the coming month's rent. Deep Well paid his rent and Joe will be getting a roommate to help with future rent payments.
It is hard to imagine going through the grief of losing your life partner and also having to worry about keeping a roof over your head. Donations made to The Deep Well Project provided financil relief for Joe during this devastating time in his life.