Gretchen is 73 and over the years has helped out in The Deep Well Project's home-furnishings room by folding sheets, blankets and towels and keeping the place orderly.
A few years ago, her toes were amputated, making movement more difficult. Her Social Security income is $750 a month and sometimes is not enough to cover all her basic needs.
Last winter, Deep Well helped her with an electric bill, and in the fall, it paid her water bill.
Deep Well provides a broad range of social services for poor working families, the disabled, the sick and the elderly.