Season for Caring Provides Hope for Family
December 14, 2018
At 51-years-old, Michael Gomez would like nothing more than to provide for his family – like he did back when he ran the receiving dock at Dell Computer.
But that was before both of his legs were amputated due complications from diabetes. And before the kidney his niece donated to him failed, which left him no choice but to undergo dialysis treatments three days per week. Now, his wife, Nora Gomez, supports the family, which includes three of the couples’ children who still live at home, through her job with Child Protective Services.
Our nutritious, home-delivered lunches nourish Mr. Gomez while his wife is at work. But the family needs assistance in other ways. Because Mr. Gomez is in a wheelchair, he can no longer navigate the stairs in the family’s two story home. The house also lacks a wheelchair accessible bathroom and shower, but the family does not meet the eligibility requirements for funding through the MOWCTX Home Repair program.
Fortunately, the Gomez family is one of the featured families in this year’s Austin American Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign. The event is a partnership between the newspaper’s Editorial and Community Development departments and introduces readers to Central Texans in need and the non-profit agencies that provide services to them.
To find out how you can help the Gomez family this holiday season, please visit community.statesman.com and click on “Season for Caring”.