A Grandmother's Mission
Rita, age 60
Rita and her family became part of Lincoln’s Kinship program when she retired early from her job at JC Penney to care for her grandson, Alex. Alex’s medical expenses were very high—one medication cost $500 a month. After Rita first tried unsuccessfully to get financial assistance on her own, her kinship case manager, Linda, intervened and advocated on her behalf with county social services. Through the help of Kinship, Rita and Alex began a path toward remaining stable and together.
Linda drove Rita to appointments and helped her complete her applications for Medi-Cal and other benefits. Because of Linda’s assistance, Rita received financial support and medication for Alex via rush order. Five years later, Rita continues to participate in the Kinship support group and maintains a strong connection to the program.