Marisa needed surgery. She found out last year, but decided to schedule the surgery for March so she’d have her tax refund to pay the bills while she was unable to work. A planner by nature, Marisa spoke with her boss and planned to be out for two weeks. After that she would come back and work light duty until cleared for regular work by her doctor. Then something unexpected happened. There were complications with Marisa’s surgery and she was out of work for 5 weeks. To make matters worse, her job was only able to offer her part-time light duty hours once she was able to go back. She was also just starting physical therapy at the VA, which left even fewer hours for work.
Marisa came to Greer Relief frustrated and on the verge of tears. She entered Sheena’s office upset and with little hope. After finding out more about Marisa and her situation, Sheena knew exactly what resources Marisa needed and who to call. Sheena reached out to the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
What’s life like now? Irina, Marisa’s daughter, is working every shift she can at the restaurant she works for. Household expenses have been reduced as much as possible and Marisa is looking for affordable housing options with Greenville County Human Relations. Irina, who is without health insurance and in need of care, was referred to Taylors Free Medical Clinic. Finally, because of the partnership between Greer Relief and DAV, Marisa’s rent was paid, the eviction process stopped, and an additional month was covered as well. Marisa left Greer Relief feeling relieved and confident in her ability to move forward and get back on her feet.