Alicia’s story is like that of many hard-working middle-class families who are affected by unexpected health tragedies.
Working hard, Alicia’s husband always managed to provide for the family, until he couldn’t after an injury breaking his back. The family was forced to sell their home, leaving them with no money and nowhere to go. SEED stepped in, helping with the search and application process until an affordable apartment was found. Thanks to the generosity of a SEED volunteer, Alicia was able to obtain work short-term to help with bills until his disability payments came through. Alicia and her family are doing well and enjoying their new living arrangement.
Disability is more common than you may think. A 35-year-old has a 50% chance of becoming disabled for a 90-day period or longer before age 65. 30% of Americans aged 35-65 will suffer a disability lasting at least 90 days during their working careers. 1 in 7 people aged 35-65 can expect to become disabled for five years or longer. That’s why at SEED we’re always looking out to the future to help those who may not need it just yet, and it’s why donors are so important to our program.