This is one of a series of stories about the 15 nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking campaign that runs through the holidays.
Sandra B. wakes up well before 5 a.m. three days a week to make it to dialysis. She cannot drive and doesn’t have a car, so she either has to pay for a ride, ask her ex-husband, a friend or a family member to take her. The sessions last until 9:30 a.m., and then she has to find a ride home.
The single mother struggles each day, but is thankful for her family, her grandchild and what she does have.
“The lord has been good to me,” she said. “I have family and I am hoping for a kidney.”
Sandra was recently offered a new kidney, but she has a leg infection that prevented her from undergoing a transplant.
She says she struggles with time and memory because of her medications, but that years ago, she found The Pikes Peak Community Action Agency (PPCAA) Walt Fortman Center when she was struggling to pay for her utilities. Someone suggested that she should visit because they could help her with food, rent, gas, utilities and other essentials. Sandra, whose full name is not being used to protest her privacy, has been grateful to them ever since.
“I like them because they are very personal and smile,” she said. “They keep me calm.”
According to its website, PPCAA works to help low-income individuals and families become self-sufficient by providing programs and tools to help people gain skills.
Sandra is disabled and lives off Social Security. She used to run a daycare, but eventually she had to quit because of her health.
PPCAA has helped her when she has needed it.
“When I stopped working, I needed help lots of the time, and they always helped.”