Crystal is a grandmother living on social security. Crystal’s daughter and her husband have a school-age daughter and a newborn baby. Her son-in-law was recently injured on the job, and his first workman’s compensation claim was denied. They are appealing the decision, and have sought legal assistance, but in the meantime, they have lost most of their income. Crystal helps with the grandchildren when she is able.
Crystal’s family has been helped through their recent hardships by the staff and volunteers of La Casita Food Pantry, a service of HACER. For the last six months, they have received food and supplies for the baby. Knowing that Crystal’s family is lactose intolerant, a La Casita volunteer called Crystal to let her know when a shipment of almond milk came in. “They’re always so nice,” Crystal says. “They make you feel like you matter.”
HACER in Spanish means “to do.” Indeed they “do.” They do provide essentials like diapers, food, and emergency rent relief. They do offer health and wellness programs and information about low-income housing units. And they do feed low-income Palm Beach County families a full Thanksgiving dinner each year. HACER’s goal is to help people in need attain self-sufficiency. In other words, to lend a hand to someone in need, echar una mano!