In 2004, Lee found himself unemployed and diagnosed with a number of health problems. He was no longer able to handle strenuous workloads without aggravating his health. He was residing in a nearby hotel and was barely getting by on his monthly state disability and unemployment checks. When they ran out, he in effect became homeless, making do with living on the streets. He had been denied SSI and his income was and still is only $147/month in General Assistance and $162/month in food stamps. In early 2005, Lee began receiving food through our Food & Nutrition Center.
With the help of the Alpha Omega case manager Lee applied and was approved (in September 2006) for a unit at Innvision’s new affordable housing complex Opportunity Center in Palo Alto. Now that he has a roof over his head and a place to call home, our case manager meets with Lee on an as-need-be basis to discuss employment, financial, and transportation assistance to ensure his self-sufficiency and independence.
Inez became a client 22 years ago in 1984 when she was 78. Now, she’s a spirited centenarian (100 years young!), our oldest client, and still living on her own. Our senior case managers have helped her apply for and get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and MediCal services, increasing her livable income and providing full medical coverage. They monitor her physical and functional status, provide transportation to/from doctor appointments, and interface with her medical providers to ensure she understands treatment options.
The Mendoza Family:
The Mendoza Family represents a typical family who comes to our Food & Nutrition Center for supplemental food. The Mendoza’s have 4 children, 2 of whom are teenagers. Mr. Mendoza works a full-time job for a plumbing company and works as a handyman on Saturdays. He takes Sunday off to spend with his family. Despite working a full-time job and a second job his wages barely cover the basic necessities. After paying for rent the Mendoza family is left with just $300 to pay for food, clothing and all the other necessities of life.