Erica’s Story

New Refrigerator Makes Life Easier for Elderly Couple Thanks to LCOC

Erica was dismayed when, abruptly, her refrigerator/freezer stopped working. As recent retirees, she and her spouse live on a modest fixed income and a new appliance was certainly not in the budget. Thankfully, Erica knew of the Lower Cape Outreach Council, having utilized their assistance once before in 2011. Within days, Erica had a new refrigerator installed and the old appliance hauled away thanks to swift assistance from LCOC.

“I am so grateful, and we are so happy with the new fridge,” Erica said. At 71 and 80 years old, the couple was very concerned about the potential lifting and moving of appliances, but she said, “they took care of everything and made sure that we didn’t have to worry about the details.” Erica is grateful for her life on the Cape and feels fortunate that she can retire in a place that she loves, but she noted “it can be really tough when the unexpected happens because we don’t have family close by to help. It’s so nice to know that Lower Cape Outreach is there to fill that role for us.”

The Lower Cape Outreach Council, based in Orleans, operates nine food pantries across the Lower and Outer Cape and provides emergency financial assistance to those in need of help with rent, utilities, car payments, and more. The agency also operates a free clothing and home goods center, along with a Thanksgiving meal distribution and a holiday toy program for children. Whatever needs arise, LCOC is always prepared to serve residents of all eight towns of the Lower and Outer Cape.

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