Friday, August 17, 2012
Zinnias, butterflies, wheelchairs, wanderers
A woman comes in looking for an efficiency apartment. She'd been staying at a church-run "home" but was kicked out because she went to a relative's funeral instead of a house meeting. We'll meet again Monday; we might have a few leads for her. After she leaves, our senior aide says she knows two other people abruptly kicked out of the same facility, after turning over most of their money.
A woman emails me who has gradually become disabled and is now in a wheelchair. She's single, has been bouncing from friend to friend, is on every waiting list for a handicapped apartment but is being told she's years away from getting one. I don't know if there's any w3ay we can speed up the process.
Another woman calls-- her brother is incarcerated, is sick, in fear of his life, and is being transferred to a maximum security prison even though he only has a year of his short sentence left to serve.. Ellen talks to her; Ellen has already tried to reach advocates in eastern Mass on her behalf without success.
A man comes in who wants to know why he received an eviction notice even though he's paid his rent. (This was an easy one.)
Our semi-office cat comes in from the heat. John stops over and takes a photo of a butterfly which has landed on the zinnias we've planted at our back door. All in all, we've had worse days.