Staying On Track
by Patricia Lopez, Emergency Services Coordinator
Ms. Alexander recently came to GSH. She has been paying off debts to different creditors and working on improving her credit since last year. When her debts became overwhelming, she started working with a mentor through Britepaths. As part of the program she received $300.00 in food assistance that included a voucher to buy fresh produce at her local farmer’s market. Her mentor helped Ms. Alexander with her budget and pay off a payday loan with her employer’s assistance.
Ms. Alexander graduated from the mentoring program in August, but as a result lost the food assistance and her employer is now deducting the payday loan amount from her paychecks until it’s fully paid. Ms. Alexander requested assistance with her Dominion Virginia Power disconnect notice after her food benefits expired. GSH assisted Ms. Alexander with $264.14 to avoid electric service disconnect and help her with her goal of becoming debt free by the end of the year.
Ms. Alexander writes: