Meet Freddie Smith, a recent LUM client.
Freddie has nine children and 16 grandchildren who live in Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. She lives in West Lafayette with two of her grandchildren (ages: 3 years and 6 months old). When Freddie agreed to help her son with his children she was working fulltime and managing her diabetes well. Unfortunately, after a series of unfortunate events she was in a financial crisis. Last winter, Freddie fell and broke her leg. After surgery and physical therapy her leg did not fully heal and her diabetes has been harder to manage. Since her job required her to be on her feet for most of the work day, she was not able to keep working.
Freddie’s income had been reduced substantially in a short period of time — and she still was caring for her two grandchildren. She shared that “LUM saved me and my
grandchildren from being hungry and losing our home.” Not only did Freddie get emergency financial assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Program but she also received referrals to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry and Jubilee Christmas. She shared that the director of the LUM Good Samaritan Program, Rev. Clarinda Crawford, has been a blessing to her and her family — and she is thankful that such a wonderful and important program exists in her community. Freddie is optimistic that 2017 will be a better year for her family. Freddie’s story is a perfect example of how quickly a family’s situation can change and how suddenly they are temporarily in need of our help.
Attending the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies on May 5
will directly support families like Freddie’s.