When Geri Flores and family took a major hit to their budget, stress and worry became second nature.
Her ex-husband was injured and missed several days of work without pay. Because of that unexpected loss of income, there wasn’t money for child support for their three kids — ages 12, 13 and 19.
Flores tried to make ends meet the best she could, and looked forward to the overtime hours she was usually offered around the holiday season. While she normally takes the overtime to afford Christmas gifts, this year she planned to use the funds to pay bills.
But the overtime wasn’t available, and Flores fell behind.
“I’ve never been like that before,” Flores said. She said she prides herself on always having a job, always working and always providing.
Struggling and unsure what to do, she called United Way’s 211 helpline. Volunteers there helped her apply for Goodfellows’ one-time assistance to pay her November OPPD bill.
“I am just so thankful,” Flores said.
Flores and her family are able to make ends meet once again.
She calls it a ”bad end of the year,” with things bound to be tight for awhile. “I told my kids it was going to be hard this year,” she said.
She praises Goodfellows, saying the one-time assistance was exactly what she needed — a bit of help when she fell behind, “just this one time.”