She worked hard to pay down debt, learn to manage her bills and buy a home. Her 9-year-old daughter never had her own room before, and she wanted that for her child.
But bills piled up after this 34-year-old Wichita woman fell ill suddenly a few months ago. She has health insurance, but it refused to pay hundreds of dollars in medical expenses to two local clinics.
She tried to pay, but fell behind. Then her student loan payments suffered.
“I was out of debt,” the woman said by phone. “But I kind of put myself back into debt.”
So after hearing about the program from a coworker, the woman, a case manager who earns $13.20 an hour, contacted Share the Season. She said she hesitated at first “because there are other people who need the help more.”
The week of Nov. 5, the campaign approved her application and paid for nearly $800 of her bills — more than twice her request.
Last week, the woman and her daughter moved into their new home after living with family for years.
She expects to receive more health care bills within a few months. Her medical testing and treatment is ongoing. But she said she’s grateful Share the Season paid off her current debt.
“I feel thoroughly blessed they were able to get me caught up right in time for me to get my house,” the woman said of Share the Season.