Mission Success Story: Project Elder Help
Meet Deborah “Miss Kay” Benton
To see our video interview with Miss Kay, click here.
“I am a recipient of Project Elder Help through Sisters Care. I have been with them for about four years. I’m very happy with the program and I don’t know what I would do if they weren’t there.
I’ve done many things in my life, but I guess the biggest thing is I’ve always loved being a mommy. Whether it’s a mommy for two-legged kids or four-legged kids. I also took care of my husband for 8 years before he passed away from Alzheimers. I never had time for myself at all and I was so naïve at that point. I didn’t know how to find an apartment or how to do all the things at the bank. I had a husband who did it all for me. I thought I couldn’t survive, but I got stronger and I’m happier because of it.
I have Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. I was diagnosed in 1992, and from 1992 until probably 2002, I hated the world. I hated everybody. But in the last five years, I decided that is not going to define me. That’s not who I am.
One day I may look like I’m perfectly okay, then the next three days I can’t really get out of the chair or move or walk or do anything. I prayed that someone would come to me that would understand the kind of disability that I have. So, the caregiver I have right now was sent to me by God and I really truly believe that.
It means so much to me that Sisters Care has allowed me to have pride in how I live and the way that I’m treated. It’s a lifesaver. If I did not have Project Elder Help, I wouldn’t be able to have this at all.
I live on $800 a month. By the time I pay for my apartment and utilities, I have very little left over. And so, to anyone who has donated and helped me in the past, I want you to know it’s not just that I’m grateful…you saved my life! You really did. You made my life more meaningful and you helped me stay alive doing the things I love to do.
I would say to whoever opens their wallet to give, stop as you’re doing it and say, ‘What would I give if it was my mother that was in that situation? How much would I take out of my wallet to help my mom?’ Because everyone is somebody’s mom, somebody’s sister, somebody’s child.
Your support of Project Elder Help is something invaluable to senior citizens and people who need the help. It’s very much appreciated. There are many people out there like me. God bless you for what you’re doing when you support Project Elder Help. Thank you for helping a person like me.”