Strikes for Stripes 1st Fundraiser Recipient

Strikes for Stripes 1st Fundraiser Recipient

Strikes for Stripes
1st Fundraiser Recipient
Bruce C.SPC. E4 Airborne Post Viet Nam era, gives a huge shout out expressing his
gratitude for Kim J. Clark and The DeMarco Project.  As a result of the generosity of the contributors to The DeMarco Project’s first
fundraising effort which took place June 2018, we were able to assist a veteran who had
recently lost his job. When Kim met Bruce C., he was on the verge of being evicted and
was not sure if the State would provide financial assistance with the eviction. The
DeMarco project assured him if the State did not assist, the organization would. He was
assured he would not be homeless, Also, there was a gap of a couple of weeks before
he would receive food assistance.  Upon completion of the telephonic intake process, Kim, picked Bruce up and took him to
the grocery store to get enough food to sustain him until he received food assistance
from the State. The veteran also received help with needed household items and cash
assistance for laundry and transportation. The State did assist with the eviction issue,
and the following month The DeMarco Project helped decrease stress for Bruce by
paying the next month’s rent.  In Bruce’s own words:  “I am grateful whether a big or small organization helps. I would ask each and every one of the readers to give The DeMarco Project all you can, because of Kim’s willingness to
give to veterans. After the recent help she has given me, it is evident/clear that not only
big stuff, but the small stuff as well, is important when you’re going through a personal
crisis. Ms. Kim’s “personalness” helps going through it less painful.
I have always been an independent man who has always been able to sustain myself. It
was very difficult for me to get help from someone. Kim was kind and compassionate in
working with me, as well as provided financial support.
With The DeMarco Project, you don’t have to go through piles of paperwork and
multiple trips to corporate offices. Intake was quick and extremely helpful to me getting
back to myself and building my self-confidence. They helped me personally toward
being healthy and whole. “That’s what it’s all about Charlie Brown.”
Kim helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. She made small glimpses of light
shine and become huge beacons of hope. The organization affirmed that things would
get better. It was not so much about the help with food and rent. More importantly, it
motivated me to get moving forward.”
We are happy to report, Bruce has found another job and was provided with cash
assistance for transportation cost until he received his first paycheck.