February News from Americans Helping Americans® Connecting families to utilities, a family is rescued, and more!

All month long, we've received updates from our program partners across Appalachia about all of the services they've been able to carry out thanks to the support we received from readers like you, Friend. These stories of hope, community, and thankfulness keep us steadfast in our mission to help our American neighbors, and we sincerely hope they brighten your day!

Making All the Difference in the World with $25

Donna lives in low-income housing in Beattyville, Kentucky, a distressed region of Appalachia where Americans Helping Americans® partner there, Cumberland Mountain Outreach, serves those most in need.

Struggling to raise three children on her own, she came to Cumberland Mountain Outreach for help when she had nowhere else to turn for assistance paying her utility bill.

Her electricity had been cut off – for a lack of $25!

Donna explained that she needs to use a machine to help her breathe – which, of course, runs on electricity. In addition, one of her daughters is on medication which must be refrigerated at all times.

To our supporters who made it possible for Cumberland Mountain Outreach – her last hope – to pay the $25 to the local utility company to restore her electricity, Donna had these words:

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this help. I will be able to cook my kids a hot meal and they can have hot baths and not worry about going to school and being made fun of for being dirty. Thank you for your generosity!

LAMP Ministries Rescues Families and Young Adults

LAMP Ministries, our partner in Gainesville, Georgia, provides services to those most in need in Hall County with basic needs, utility assistance, youth development as well as temporary shelter for homeless families.

Since July, thanks to our supporters, LAMP was able to provide services and/or assistance to 438 children, 358 adults, 46 senior citizens and 24 U.S. military service veterans, according to executive director Mary Mauricio.

For Mary, one of the biggest accomplishments over the past 6 months was the help she was able to provide a mother of four who was escaping domestic violence.

“She was referred to us because she had moved to Gainesville with her four children to escape an abusive marriage,” Mary reported. “We were able to help her with counseling and resources to obtain stable housing and childcare enabling her return to work.

“Now she has a job and an apartment, and she and her children are thriving.”

Mary wants our supporters to know that none of this would have been possible without their support.

I want to impress on you how grateful we are for the help we have received from Americans Helping Americans®. You have made such a difference in the lives of families and individuals in our community.

AA New Volunteer Doctor for White County, Georgia

Community Helping Hands Clinic (CHHC) in Cleveland, Georgia, which offers free health care for the indigent and uninsured residents of White County, is the only free health clinic in the county, and among our newest partners.

Thanks to our supporters, we were able to provide CHHC with grant funding for assistance in treatment costs and other operating expenses, in addition to allowing the clinic to expand its medical staff.

Dr. Edwin Hendricks, who operated a private practice for more than 30 years and retired from active practice last year, has recently come on board as volunteer at CHHC.

“White County has many challenges regarding healthcare, a county which has no hospital, high patient-to-doctor ratio, and an above-average number of residents without any type of insurance,” says Executive Director Gene White.

With your help, we can resolve a few of those challenges and continue to serve the needs of our neighbors with quality and compassionate healthcare.