Tina interviewed with Bluffton Self Help for emergency financial assistance. She was unable to pay her rent, and her landlord was threatening to file for an eviction hearing.
Tina explained that she was raising two children on her own, with very limited child support. She had been working two jobs to make ends meet. Her oldest child, who suffers from depression, recently attempted suicide.
After his recovery, Tina arranged for regular psychiatric therapy sessions, continued monitoring of his medication and family support from NAMI. During the child’s recovery it was advised that he not be left alone. Tina resigned from her second job so that her children were not alone after school. Losing the second income caused her to fall behind on rent and electricity payments.
Although her child improved with regular therapy and medication, she could not get another second job until three months had passed without incident or concern. Her bills fell further and further behind.
BSH and another agency partnered together to help Tina catch up with her past due bills so that she would not lose her housing or utilities.
Bluffton Self Help provides a broad range of social services for poor working families, the disabled, the sick and the elderly.
Those who wish to participate in the Bluffton Self Help fundraising campaign, which supports the organization’s charitable activities, can mail contributions to Bluffton Self Help, P.O. Box 2420, Bluffton, SC 29910; drop them off at 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10; or go to www.blufftonselfhelp.org.