Last week our program manager got a call from a bookseller that came home to the unwelcome news that their home’s heat and lights would be shut off due to money owed.
The last thing this family did before evacuating was to take a photo of their home; they didn’t know what they would find when it was safe to return. When they did return, their worst fears were realized, but, thanks to you, this family and others like them, had a place to call. They called Binc.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Other people are ill, get better, go back to work, and things get back to normal. That’s the way it’s supposed to happen. Sometimes, though; recovery from COVID-19 takes a little longer. But, the bills don’t stop when a person is sick.
In the past six weeks a new worry has appeared as the chief need for people seeking help. Food. Yes; there are still fears that the rent payment would be late, but they are worried about getting groceries for the next five days.
Thank you for your support! It will ensure that needed medical attention is given as more and more patients receive surprising financial news, even after careful advance planning to cover out of pocket expenses.
Thank you for being a helper. Thank you for taking out the stress, uncertainty and fear when book and comic employees face unexpected crises. Your donations and advocacy change lives.
A report from the American Psychological Association showed that the pandemic has heightened the impact of chronic prolonged stress for people from all walks of life, and is especially linked to anxiety, depression, anger, sleep difficulties, eating disorders. You know that if you read about it in the news, then Binc is there for employees and owners of bookstores and comic shops who are experiencing it.
It starts with something small. A late payment. An unexpected expense. Then it snowballs and suddenly a bookseller is living in a dark and cold apartment with no heat, light, or running water. Thanks to you, a grant from Binc allowed them to get the water and electricity reconnected bringing light, warmth, and hope back into their home.
This bookseller was able to use two Binc programs – matching grants and the emergency financial assistance program. Your support allowed Binc to match what the bookseller’s local community raised, and provided enough additional assistance to pay for their travel expenses, and also the cremation and burial for their loved one.
The pandemic has been hard on dental health. People are delaying dental care due to cost, lack of insurance, fear of exposure to the virus, and limited appointments. Binc is receiving more and more calls about dental health issues.