LHEAP has deterred crime, LHEAP was brought to my attention by my customers and has provided relief for people like me and them respectively.
With an income of approx. $1000 per month. I manage to make it by but barely.
I currently run a very small Drain Cleaning service in Pueblo Colo. I’ve done this for 15 years, but in four different communities.
Raised as a Catholic in the small town of Raton NM pop. 6500. My father being a plumber by trade with a family of 10 held only ! job for 35 years after serving in the Korean era. Struggled to make ends meet, My mother a homemaker, teachers aide, cook, waitress and bus driver.
Besides the dysfunctional family I grew up in ( I call it the Brady Bunch disaster ) the crime I committed and the help I got afterwards. These factors would lead me to the present situation I now currently face on a day by day basis.
Being a felon has not left me with many options. I take full responsibility for my actions and have paid my debt to society but still live in stagnation.
Since my release from DOC I’ve been forced to do what I do out of necessity. If it was not for the the help of knowledgeable neighbors,charities like LHEAP My future is not foreseeable.
Without the ability to improve my situation or help me help myself. (I guess its what I deserve ), I’ve learned to accept this only to realize I’m not alone. Just last week I was denied employment with Vision Mechanical despite my capabilities. Being a Plumber for 25 years no longer matters, nor does not even being able to got hired at McDonald”s.
What does matter is LHEAP.
Forced to live on Public assistance & blind Charity. If it wasn’t for programs like LHEAP and food stamps, communality health assistance.Catholic charities. I too would probably be forced to sell illegal narcotics to make ends meet like 70 percent of my clients due.
Being of Catholic faith I still believe in miracles even though my church has made drastic changes and walks my walk so to speak. I no longer find comfort there like I used to as a child. It too has been forced to run its life more like a business.
I now wait, living in warmth provided by neighbors being taken off the grid for non payment. only owing $300 while Black Hills energy holds $311 of my non interest bearing money as deposit. I too try to run my business, which relies on calls from the community. but refuse to treat my customers the way Black Hills does. Sooner or later they do pay.
Now requesting even more for reconnection and deposit because of my inability to simply pay the bill. If I could not come up with the $300 how can I expect to now come up with $600. ? Pray for calls from the community and believe that prgrams like LHEAP do providea vital service to the community.
This is where for me LHEAP has stepped in. Over the last 10 years my business is known to slow down because of because of thanksgiving and Christmas.
Turning 50 last September, I don’t drive a fancy Van or live in my own home or even know what its like to have a credit card. But what I do know is that Black Hils does not do this to hurt me, but does this to protect there own interest and ability to provide a known necessity to the community,
Please save LHEAP
FYI (7 out 10 of my customers have used LHEAP but are too ashamed to admit it,)
Sincerely Ted G. Salas