SAVING OUR SENIOR WOMEN
August 1, 2016
We believe Jackson County’s older citizens should have their basic medical, nutritional and emotional needs met and a place they call home.
Because of your support, we can make sure that nearly 50 senior women have access to assisted living, proper nutrition, medical care and counseling through the Jackson Friendly Home. Each woman was living at or near poverty before they found their new home. Many were saved from a life of neglect, abuse or homelessness. Others may have been receiving care from their family, but stress and time took their toll. Maxine’s story is just one of many.
Maxine is one of the most recent Jackson Friendly Home residents. Maxine was a strong woman for most of her life, a proud member of this country’s greatest generation. But years of fighting personal battles eventually wore her down. Before coming to JFH, Maxine had difficulty managing her emotions. Over the last few years, she made decisions that negatively impacted her life. She found false comfort by drinking, and she neglected her medical needs. The pressure and strain on her family became more than they could handle. They loved her but couldn’t continue to provide the care she needed. Jackson Friendly Home took her in. For the first time in years, Maxine had a stable life. She had the medical and emotional support she needed. She began attending AA meetings and planned daily activities. She connected with peers and reconnected with her loved ones.
Maxine’s strength has returned because of your United Way support.