This is a scary time in our nation with the shutdown. However, we have all done well (although a little inconvenient) during other trying times in the past. The important thing to remember right now is to be a good neighbor.
Help out our neighbors and friends in ways we can; and if we know a caregiver, offer to help this person. Remember those not getting paychecks or frightened by the times. Let them know they are not alone and if monetary help is necessary help them find it. St. Vincent De Paul and Goodwill both can help with utility bills. Many times the utility companies will give a grace period or forgive a portion of the bill for those giving care to a person and living on the fringe. Food banks are for those in need, our neighbor may not feel comfortable with this situation. We can do one of two things in this case, go to the food bank and explain to the manager then walk through with the neighbor or take up a collection at work or church for our neighbor.
At the same time if you are aware of an abuser of these services, talk to them about who is being hurt by their misdeeds. Do not confront them, a conversation may be all it will take and sometimes they just didn’t think of their Grandmother or Mother, Father or Brother in the position of being hurt by their actions.
Remember we are not policing we are neighbors. Being a good neighbor is taking notice of our neighbor’s plight and doing what we can to help. Provide a little food if necessary, take notice of the lack of adult incontinence supplies, get help for someone who is not able to provide these supplies. Contacting the local Aging and Adult Services to locate help is one way to help, another is to contact the community church, as this can be an avenue to help. Mostly open our eyes and ears to our neighbor’s needs.