August 2018

   Heather Moynahan (below) no longer has to struggle to walk from the far reaches of parking lots. Irene Sirois helped Heather apply for and receive a parking decal for those with physical limitations.

   Terry Roth assisted a woman and her 3 children with Social Security benefits, transportation, household items and housing. The mother has many disabilities and she and her children are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The family was homeless for two weeks prior to moving into a home at the Housing Authority. Terry found a family willing to donate many household items such as a bed, an air mattress, sheets, pillows and blankets, kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and pans. Included in this list; a shower curtain, carpets, bath towels, and cleaning supplies. The family is thrilled that they can stay together. The mother also was referred to Florida Rural Legal Services to write a will to protect her children.

   Rene Favreau and staff  assisted 86 families last month, including 227 people. Twenty-six families were new to the pantry during August. Almost 250 families have been given free meat, vegetables, bread and canned goods this year. 

   Brandy Macaluso (below) and Michele Sanz attended the Krimes Against Kids Conference at Walt Disney World Resort. Brandy spoke with keynote speaker Elizabeth.

   MW was shot in the elbow, hip and leg while protecting his girlfriend. MW couldn’t use crutches, walkers nor even a wheelchair because he couldn’t push himself due to his elbow injury. William Genem used CILO’s emergency victim fund to get an electric wheelchair from Clinics Can Help and with extra financial help from CILO, William acquired batteries, battery covers, and an inspection of the wheelchair to ensure everything was in proper condition. M.W. thanked William and CILO for giving him some of his freedom and independence back.

   Darlene Williamson attended an emergency meeting with a family that was not getting educational services promised to them for their two children. After a new agreement was reached, Darlene was there the first day of the transition to ensure all went well. The children are settling in nicely at their new school and solid IEPs are in place.

   Irene Sirois (ILS) helped Sheray Smith type a letter for a free eye examination and free eyeglasses sponsored by the Give the Gift of Sight Foundation. She recently was referred to Lenscrafters and can now see clearly.

   BL was a victim of domestic violence by her husband. She has juvenile macular degeneration and is legally blind. Libby Snider helped BL file for a restraining order and attended the hearing where the judge approved a permanent restraining order. Libby arranged for transportation assistance and referred BL to an agency that will file for divorce.

   Brianna Scerenscko helped a 14-year-old with autism obtain an individual education plan. Brianna traveled to one of the local public high schools and worked with the parent, school district teachers and administrators to write an appropriate IEP over 4 hours. The parent thanked Brianna and the exceptional student education facilitator at the school commented to the parent, “You’ve got a good advocate on your side because of her education background.  Brianna, seeing you working in this position has made my day!”  

   A battery victim had to pay $400 for jaw surgery after he was attacked. Libby got his about $400 in victim’s assistance and arranged a therapist to help him deal with the emotional effects.

   Michele (below) and military veteran volunteer Emilio Sanz, participated in a successful Fundraiser at the Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce this month. There was a fantastic turn out and many participants were very open to donating for a great cause.  $419 was raised, and Michele spoke to many of the attendees about CILO services and gave out numerous pamphlets as well.

   ER (below) is undergoing chemotherapy and can’t work. Through a grant, Joe Anderson covered his utility bill so it would not be shut off.