A victim of an abusive relationship, “Anna” showed up at the Anaheim Family Justice Center last week ready, willing – but unable – to start anew.
The reason: she can’t hear well.
Anna lost her job in November. Without health insurance and not qualified for Medi-Cal, she can’t afford to replace her eight-year-old hearing aid. Hearing aids typically have a lifespan of five years.
“She had trouble hearing our front office specialist through the thick, bullet-proof glass,” said Kerith Dilley, AFJC Foundation’s Executive Director, “and finally pointed to her right ear and said, ‘I’m hard of hearing – it’s ok to shout.’”
AFJC is making an emergency appeal today to raise $915 to buy her a new hearing device. Last month, AFJC helped a domestic violence victim purchase new clothing after her boyfriend burned everything she owned.
“One AFJC partner is helping Anna pay her rent this month,” Dilley said, saving her from eviction. “But she wants to begin working as soon as possible.”
If you’re interested in donating, please do so here. You can also mail the gift or bring it in person to AFJC Foundation, 150 West Vermont Street, Anaheim, CA, 92805.