When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread throughout our country, we all felt confusion and fear. But Angela had more to fear than most. Years ago, in a tragic car accident, she suffered a traumatic brain injury. For years, Angela’s disability payments didn’t cover her rent; and food stamps barely kept her fed. She had relatives to help, but she hated to be such a burden.
Just when she felt there was nowhere else to turn, Angela learned of FSL and our affordable housing program. She moved into one of our Phoenix-based communities and, for the first time in years, she could relax a bit.
She remembered, “I used to worry about not being able to pay everything with my fixed income but, for once, I didn’t have that worry!”
Then, coronavirus overwhelmed our community; it’s all we heard about and Angela, like many of us, was gripped with fear. She was at risk for infection, afraid to visit the grocery store, and unable to afford food deliveries. But Angela remembered that she was not alone; she was now part of the FSL family.
Thanks to our caring donors and corporate and foundation partners, we provided regular food and pantry supply boxes to Angela during those early weeks of the pandemic when grocery store shelves were often bare. We also partnered with a local restaurant, Chestnut @ The Vintage, who generously delivered hundreds of free, hot lunches daily for weeks. These lunches were shared amongst residents of our Phoenix-based affordable housing communities and our 17 behavioral health group homes.
Angela explained, “The meals from Chestnut alleviated the stress of cooking a hot meal for myself. I also received those hard-to-find essentials, like toilet paper and paper towels, in the food and supply deliveries so I haven’t had to go out very often. It has made it easier to go through the week knowing that you are going to get the food box and you’ll be okay.”
Unfortunately, the coronavirus continues to hold our community in its grip with no end in sight. With your support, we can help more people like Angela who continue to struggle through this pandemic. Our need is more urgent than ever because the pandemic caused us to cancel our annual fundraiser earlier this year. Additionally, we are seeing a more than 25% increase in demand for some services. We need to raise $98,550 by the end of the year to ensure we can help those who need us the most.
Though this year has been very difficult for so many throughout our state, for Angela, “this has been the easiest year since I had my accident!” Please make a gift today to help Arizonans in need.
Remember, donations to FSL qualify for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, so your gift today can be claimed as a credit on your 2020 state taxes – up to $400 for an individual or $800 if married and filing jointly.acaring