Last Monday, Erin and I woke up at 5am to be on the road bright and early. Erin called it "bright and ugly," which was funny before I got my caffeine fix.
That morning, Franklin was hosting a senior safety day. Many of us have had grandparents hurt in falls, so an event like this was much appreciated.
With the Mobile Express outside the front door, Franklin residents were free to check their eligibility for state and federal benefits and many took us up on it. There was an interest in programs that would help pay for the Medicare deductions taken out of Social Security checks so we helped prepare those applications.
On a more disappointing note, on a gas station on I-70, I dealt with my first person who was totally opposed to our efforts. According to this woman, food stamps and Medicare assistance were handouts that were taking money out of her pockets. I tried the usual retorts. This assistance is an investment in Ohio. The money that our clients receive is spent on local businesses and is injected into the local economy. People need us right now more than ever.
She wasn't having it. I paid for the gas and left. I know you can't win 'em all, and that sometimes there are people that just can't be reasoned with. But I hope if she is ever in a situation where she needs the help, she's not too proud to ask.