April 6, 2015

Stories of Hope and Courage: Hector’s Story

Author: Maria Shanley

Hector's Story

When I met Hector, he was feeling hopeless. A vet of the Air Force, Hector worked in the civil service industry for over 25 years, until a back injury started to deteriorate his health. Known for his kind heart and eagerness to help others, Hector provided support to both his parents and siblings, until recently, when his condition worsened, and affected his ability to continue working.

Deciding to go through the lengthy process of applying for disability, Hector reached a point where he realized that he needed to apply for food assistance. Restricted with work, money was tight, which meant Hector would have to make hard decisions about necessities like paying for utilities and medication, and affording food. Luckily, with assistance from a Benefits Connection Specialist from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Hector was approved for SNAP benefits, which meant tough situations at home could be alleviated, and he wouldn’t have to worry so much about having enough to eat.

Hector was truly grateful for the help he had received. Once he was approved, he admitted that he had been close to losing hope. Hector had begun to feel like a burden on his parents, but now he was in a place where things were looking up.

I cannot articulate the depth of the joyful euphoria I witnessed in his eyes as he told me he’d been approved and how glad he’d been to be able to do his grocery shopping.

I am just so grateful to be a part of this ‘circle of Hope’. Hope returned to a broken heart is truly priceless.

Vangie Booth
Benefits Connection Specialist at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

 



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