It continues to amaze me of the need by community residents for food, clothing, or financial assistance. We try to provide the safety net for many families until their financial turmoil can be lessened. Interestingly, our numbers for food assistance is in a continuous turnover. We have some individual families that stay on our roll for a long time, usually due to circumstances of poor health, age, single parenting, or low fixed income. We do have a large percentage of families that receive help for a week, a month or six months, and then stop coming. Our goal for financial assistance is to help keep families in their homes and utilities turned on. We limit the amount of financial assistance to only $200 per year, and we make no payment unless our goal is being achieved. No payment is ever given directly to a client; and yet, people still flow in for that boost of advice and reassuring assistance.

Also, this is a reminder that the Fay’s Bar-B-Q Dinner and Raffle is being held on Friday, July 8 from 4:30-7p.m. The winning ticket holders of the raffle will be winning $1500, $1000, and $500. Tickets for the dinner and raffle may be purchased at the door. We hope to see you there.

MORE is located at 829 Greenlee Street in Marengo, and is open from 9a.m.-Noon on Wednesdays, and from 4p.m.-6p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 815-568-7950, or visit www.marengomorecenter.org.

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