Bonnie was having trouble making it through the month living on her social security and disability payments. On a fixed income she wasn’t able to weather spikes in her monthly bills.
IRAP (Independence Rate Assistance Program) provided her discounts on her bills and allowed her to stay in her own home.
“Whoever funds CSL, they need to know their money is going to very good use. I don’t think people would be able to make it right now if it weren’t for places like CSL.”
Last year CSL assisted more than 52,000 clients throughout all seven (7) satellite locations.
Linda, who suffers from diabetes, has been raising her grandson since his mother died when he was four. CSL helped Linda land a part-time receptionist job that’s helping to supplement Medicaid and Social Security.
“CSL gave me 15 to 20 job leads and gas money for my interview. They really stay on top of things.”
In 2010, CSL’s staff provided more than 3,800 job referrals for their clients.
CSL taught Deana how to build a resume and find a steady job. Still, Deana struggled to pay the interest-free mortgage on her Habitat for Humanity house. Assistance from CSL prevented Deana from losing her home to foreclosure. Now, Deana volunteers for CSL.
“I couldn’t give money, so why not give something?”
Last year CSL’s Work Express program found jobs for 304 clients and helped another 131 clients retain their positions!
The house burned down. Evelyn and her four kids were living paycheck to paycheck. But life was looking up – until both she and her partner were laid off, the electricity bill came due and the money just wasn’t there.
“It’s so good to know I have a place to turn to. Community Services League will go to any lengths
to find the help I need.”
Last year CSL provided more than $480,000 in utility assistance thanks to our generous donors and community partners.