The effects of long-term COVID stifled an NSB small business owner’s ability to work. Her rent was coming due, and she was afraid she would be kicked out of the apartment. Smyrna Cares worked with a local real estate agent and paid her rent. More importantly, she was guided to the social services she needed until she was able to return to her job.
A pastor from one of our local churches contacted Smyrna Cares with a 65-year-old who had worked her entire life, got injured on the job, and could not, subsequently, perform her job. Her short-term disability was due to expire, and she would soon be thrown out of her apartment. Smyrna Cares secured two weeks of short-term housing for her until her long-term disability kicked in, and she was, then, able to cover these expenses.
Smyrna Cares was approached by the Mother of a family of 8. Her husband, the Father of these kids, was a small business owner. Mom and the children also worked while she and one daughter attended Daytona State College. Car problems disrupted the balancing act of work and school for this family. They were gifted an old high-mileage car that needed work before it could be put into service. Smyrna Cares paid for repairs to get the vehicle service ready. This allowed the Mom and daughter to continue at Daytona State while working and contributing family support.
NSB Resident Donna Urbanski rode her bicycle from her home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida to Cape May, New Jersey to raise funds for locals in need through a GoFundMe page. Kevin from Flaunt Electric Bicycles sponsored Donna’s ride. The day she took off on her pilgrimage, a Northeaster set in. Despite the ominous weather and conditions, Donna managed the trip in two weeks and raised money for several charities including Smyrna Cares, to whom she donated a check for $5,000 upon completion of her trek.
Smyrna Cares helped a single mother who had just secured a job but was low on finances. Below is an excerpt of her letter “I feel Smyrna Cares embodies the belief that helping someone help themselves is the most effective way to foster long-term change. By assisting individuals like me in overcoming immediate obstacles, they empower us to take charge of our lives and strive for a better future. Their aid goes beyond mere charity; it serves as a catalyst for personal growth and self-sufficiency.”
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