Layoff Creates Many Needs

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Dottie is a 61-year-old grandmother who has worked steadily since she graduated from high school. She has custody of her two grandchildren, ages 7 and 16. Due to current economic conditions, she has been laid off from her job of 12 years.

She has applied for unemployment benefits, but in the meantime was unable to pay her electric bill, needed prescription medication for herself and food for her family. Thanks to the PCC partnership with the Community Housing Resource Center, we were able to obtain supplementary funds to pay the electric bill of $235. Funding from the Thomas P. and Lewise S. Parsley Fund of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, which assists in purchasing prescription medications for senior citizens, provided the help she needed for her medicine. Dottie also received groceries from the PCC pantry to feed her family.

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