November 8, 2022
Partner Program Spotlight - Bridging the Gap, Augusta
The following is a success story from Bridging the Gap (BTG), a partner program of United Way. Your donations support this program and many others across the county.
Arthur, an older gentleman, arrived at Bridging the Gap (BTG) in the heat of summer, shirtless, out of breath, sweating and hooked up to an oxygen tank that impaired his ability to be mobile. Recognizing a need for accommodation, BTG staff met with him in the parking lot while he sat in his vehicle.
At the time, it was determined that his vehicle was his only source of shelter and due to his medical needs, he needed to stay cool. Arthur had been approved for Bridging Rental Assistance Program (BRAP), but due to the housing shortage caused by the pandemic finding an apartment that accommodated his needs was nearly impossible. It was determined that Arthur was not eligible for General Assistance.
This is when BTG stepped in and supported him with a gas card to ensure that he could stay cool in his vehicle and started collaborating with other services, including his case manager, to move Arthur toward stability. After fiver long months, Arthur and his case manager were able to find an appropriate apartment but to secure the space he would need to come up with an extra $200 for move-in costs. BTG collaborated with Penny Memorial Church to raise these funds.
Meanwhile, a week later Arthur's car broke down and he found himself in the hospital with pneumonia from not being able to approximately care for himself. Being hospitalized made it difficult for Arthur to complete phone calls and paperwork to finalize the move-in process and he was not sure how or where he was going upon his release. BTG supported Arthur by collaborating with the MaineGeneral social worker and the BRAP program to finalize paperwork. BTG also paid for his car repairs.
Upon Arthur's release he was able to drive himself to his new apartment and collect the keys. Arthur now reports that securing a safe living space allows for in-home nurses to support Arthur with his daily basic needs.
Arthur says, "Bridging the Gap helped me so much! They treated me like a person ought to be treated. They were kinds, pleasant, understanding and never judged me. They helped me get from point A to point B, put clothes on my back, supported me in keeping my truck in working condition and helped me feel human."
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