HELPING HAND: PETER'S STORY
Some SVP members visited Peter, a single father with three small children aged seven, five and three. The original request had been to help provide some food for the family. While sitting at the table the SVP members noticed a considerable amount of mail, most of it unopened because the father was unable to read or write. the family had been going cold at night because the father didn't know where to go for help.
The gas had been cut off, so the members intervened on the family's behalf to agree on an affordable amount to pay back. They went through the same process with the electric company while reassuring the father that all would soon be well.
He was advised to have a fixed amount deducted from his fortnightly pension, which he did. His simple request for food assistance had turned into something much deeper. We were glad to be able to give him a much needed hand up.