Susan's life has rarely been easy. She has battled with abuse, alcoholism, and the death of both her parents and her son.
Susan struggled with depression and her sobriety after her son's death. Taking care of herself physically and emotionally, as well as her finances and housing situation, was a challenge. She needed assistance in getting back on track.
Someone suggested that Susan reach out to Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Erath County, a program of Erath County United Way and a partner in the Erath County Community Bridges (ECCB) grant. MOW began delivering healthy meals to Susan on a daily basis and connected her with ECCB resources for housing and counseling assistance.
"If not for United Way, I would be homeless," Susan said, adding that the organization assisted her with repairs to her RV so that she could have heat and electricity.
Susan is learning coping mechanisms and building a support network in her counseling sessions. Her ambition is to reclaim her employment and live freely. She recently reduced her daily MOW delivery from seven to five days because she is now able to prepare some of her own food.
"If you sincerely need help, reach out for it. It's hard. I'm 52 and should be able to take care of myself, but we all need help," Susan said as she expressed her desire to serve for MOW in the future.