In Lila’s case, she was lucky to find out about her failing furnace during summer, leaving her a cushion of time to figure out how to replace it before falling temps affected her. Lila was aging and on a fixed income with little wiggle room. She did have an adult son, however, who was experienced in HVAC and freely offered to install a new unit- if Lila could find a way to get one.
In the very same city, another furnace went out, but now it was September and closer to winter. This furnace belonged to Adam & Kayla, who worked full-time and had two young sons to care for. The same time their furnace went out, Adam became injured, and unable to work or stand on his own. Though they hadn’t been behind on any bills at the time, they also didn’t have any savings to help with the unexpected expenses and gap in income; nor any connections to help install a new furnace- if they could find a way to get one.
By utilizing support and partnerships, Bridges of Hope was able to assist with getting a furnace for both of these homes. Because Lila’s son had helped get her new furnace up and running, the cost for her need was 1/3 of the price for the same service that was done for our family without any connections or support.