Bonnie Adams is a volunteer for Cayucos Food Distribution, as well as a volunteer with the Salvation Army. As such, her empathy for those in need of basic goods and services speaks for itself.
So when she read about the Frice family not having the money to pay for surgery for a family pet that had been hit recently by a small pickup, and with the Edna Valley Veterinary Clinic performing the $5,000 surgery for free, she took the time to “share a few things that I hope will help financial conditions.”
“Everyone should know about the state of California Controller’s Office’s unclaimed assets and check every so often to see whether funds have slipped through the cracks. The information is available to the public but can only be claimed by the people listed. After checking for the Frice family, it looks like there is a listing for a N. Frice in SLO for $68.64.
“They should check online at http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov or call 800-992-4647. Also, check on maiden names. This may not be a large amount, but it belongs to them and should be claimed; every dollar counts.”
There are a couple of other places to check for unclaimed assets, she says. Check missingmoney.com.
“That site is for all the states yet isn’t as organized and up to date as the California site. People should also know how to check if they have lost a savings bond. Check at www.savingsbonds.gov. Click on ‘Check treasury hunt.’ You will have to supply your Social Security number.
“Also, check the FHA-insured mortgage list at http://hud.gov/offices/hsg/comp/refunds/ for mortgage insurance that was never refunded when the property was sold or foreclosed.”
Other suggestions from Adams include: “Checking on the PG&E CARE programs that provide a 20 percent discount on monthly bills. A family of four qualifies if earning less than $45,000; for a family of five, less than $52,800. Check on the Home Energy Assistance Program that pays your PG&E bill forward to the maximum of $300. They can be applied for each year by calling 541-4122, ext. 14.
As for utility bills within San Luis Obispo, Adams suggests checking with the city of SLO to see whether you qualify for a 15 percent discount on water and sewer; 781-7133.
“If children need clothing or school supplies, contact The Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast (formally Lisa Ray’s Donation Group), where they can request items as often as needed for free. Check with her online or call 709-8673. Lisa even has a Teen Closet that the kids can make an appointment for and pick out their own clothes at no cost.
Health care needs?
“Check out the Noor Foundation Free Clinic in San Luis Obispo, open Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; 439-1797.”
“Call Debbie Bilek at 835-1355 to see whether you qualify for Cal Fresh (food stamps). She can prequalify you over the phone.
“The weatherization program has improved the quality of life for many of our clients. Call 800-495-0501 and make an appointment. They can replace appliances from before 1992 and many other energy-saving upgrades that will also decrease energy bills.”
If you need to file taxes, contact your local Senior Center for the free AARP tax preparation available to low-income families.
“Also, every year around this time, Lemos has a free rabies shot clinic, so check and see when your dogs’ vaccines are due and check online, or call Lemos for the free clinic in your area. There is also a free pet prescription drug card available that will reduce any future drugs required for their dogs.
“There are so many other services and programs out there that can help during these challenging times. If anyone should have any other specific needs, do not hesitate to contact me at 772-1338 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will do my best to assist.”
These suggestions, my good readers, are what help stitch a durable community fabric together during tough economic times. Thank you, Bonnie. You’re proof that angels do indeed walk among us.
Bill Morem can be contacted at email@example.com or at 781-7852.