Living on a fixed income that does not keep pace with the cost of living forces seniors to choose between buying food or prescriptions.
"My name is Kathy Wilson and I am deaf. The simple tasks people handle on a daily basis are extremely complicated for a deaf person in a world of speaking people. For example, going to the doctor without an interpreter means missing crucial information about my health which directly affects my medical care.
"Ten years ago, my son Wally and I were devastated when my husband passed away. His death left me facing realities I never had to deal with when he was alive. Aside from the funeral arrangements, I was left alone with my adult son who is hearing able, but has special needs. I didn’t know where to turn for basic necessities like food, affordable housing, and health care.
"The sustained assistance that Lake Area United Way provides for Deaf Services, allows for women and men like myself, to live a life that we can be proud of. I am able to care for my son like every mother, and in doing that, I feel pride that everyone deserves to feel."