Mike was heartbroken; we listened and helped


Mike came in needing so much, and he was heartbroken.

Mike’s wife, Celeste, died in May, and he was grieving. He was so humble, soft-spoken, and unassuming that it was difficult to hear the heartbreak and desperation deep within him. Beyond the grief, Mike needed help with his rent.

When Celeste died, Mike received the customary $250 death benefit, but he could no longer count on Celeste’s Social Security income. At 72, he had to adjust to living on his meager income while payi