Help for our Senior Citizens, The Ill, Those in Financial Need


Help for...
Our Senior Citizens, The Ill, Those in Financial Need:


Presented By...

Valerie Morrison
Psychic Counselor

Valerie Morrison Psychic Counselor - Medium

215-483-8881

email
PsychicValerieMorrison@comcast.net

The size of this print has been purposely
enlarged for our vision-impaired readers.

The following are some Important Phone Numbers that I have gathered together
to help lessen your burden and help you get through this difficult period of your life.

Please Note:
Although some phone numbers are of National Organizations and apply to all living in America...

There are some phone numbers listed here that are for only people residing in Philadelphia.

In these cases, the particular state that you reside in should be contacted
to find what similar assistance programs are offered in your hometown.

Important Phone Numbers


I need to get myself or my child to a distant medical facility for treatment but can't afford the airfare.

AirLifeLine is a national non-profit organization of over 1,500 private pilots who fly patients who cannot afford the cost of air travel to medical facilities for diagnosis and treatment. Participating pilots donate their time, aircraft and fuel to make this air transportation service totally free of charge for patients who qualify.
Contact... AirLifeLine 800-446-1231

Also...
The Volunteer Pilots Association is also a charitable non-profit organization providing air transportation to needy people who must travel to obtain medical treatment.
Pilots, flying privately owned aircraft, donate their time and flight expenses.
Contact... Volunteer Pilots Association 412-221-1374

Also...
Miracle Flights for Kids is a nonprofit organization that arranges for free flights for children that need to receive specialized medical care not available to them locally.
Contact... Miracle Flights for Kids 702-261-0494


I need to get to a distant relative who is sick or has passed away but I can't afford the airfare.

When you are faced with this emergency,
understand that almost all airlines offer Bereavement or Compassion Fares.
Contact the airline of your choice to learn more about their Bereavement & Compassion Fares.


My husband or wife abuses me. I can't take it any longer!

Signs of abuse when your spouse...
Keeps you from contacting friends and family.
Controls who you talk to and where you go.
Chokes, slaps, pushes, hits, kicks you.
Forces you to have sex when you don't want to.
Threatens to hurt or kill you and/or your children.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
They will formulate an escape plan for you from your violent abusive spouse.

Women in Transition 215-751-1111
Women Against Abuse 215-386-7777 (Shelter)


I am ill and living with relatives or at a nursing home that treats me mean and sometimes hurt me.
Oh, what can I do?

Elder Abuse Hotline 800-734-2020


The diet that I am on is expensive and difficult to prepare. I even have trouble understanding the different weights and measurements I need to prepare the meals. I am so confused.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's Helpline 215-765-9040
Ask them about Home-Delivered Meals

Meals on Wheels 215-482-0249


I am having trouble with my eyes. Any help here?

Lions Club International 630-571-5466
They provide Free Eyeglasses, Cornea Transplants, and Glaucoma Screenings.
Each year Lions Clubs around the country provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings, perform 25,000 cornea transplants, collect over 3 million pairs of glasses, and provide thousands with free quality eye care. Services are provided based on need, and programs and services can be developed according to specific community needs. Lions Clubs conduct Hometown Day that brings people to Lenscrafters for eye exams and eyeglasses free of charge.

Also...
If you live near a university that has an optometry school, then you may be in luck. Many of these schools offer reduced fee services for vision screening. You will receive treatment from students, but they will be supervised by some of the best people in the field.

To locate schools near you,
contact the... American Optometric Association 314-991-4100

Also...
Pilot Dogs Inc gives its trained animals to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include four weeks of training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation.
Pilot Dogs Inc 614-221-6367


My medicine costs so much. I can't pay for it.
I can't even read the directions on the bottle let alone open it with my aching hands.

There are many companies out there that can help you.
Try calling...

The Merck Patient Assistance Program 800-727-5400

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's Helpline 215-765-9040


I am a renter and I am having problems with my Landlord.

Fair Housing Commission 215-686-3238
For Unfair rental practices including eviction and rent-increase problems.
A housing-code violation must be present. Tenant must be current in rent.

Community Legal Services 215-981-3700


I am having trouble paying my rent.

Homelessness Prevention Program 215-988-0929
They provide case management for back rent or security deposits. Applicant must be facing eviction or in need of a security deposit. Income guidelines and other need-based eligibility requirements apply.


My house is so old I think a wall is going to fall down!

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp 215-448-2160
They can help you with Walls & Dangerous structural problems.


There is a vacant property or lot on my street.
This property is a breeding ground for pests, vandalism, crime, and drugs.
What can I do?

Acquire that Vacant Property, Lot, or House on your block and turn it into something good for your neighborhood.

Small Vacant Lot Abatement Program 215-686-9749
This program allows homeowners, neighborhood residents and organizations to clean, maintain and acquire small vacant lots in their communities.
Priority is given to property owners who live adjacent to the vacant lot.

Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority 215-854-6515
To apply for vacant properties and lots owned by the City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp 215-448-3000
To apply for properties owned by the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp


There is a property in my neighborhood that has been padlocked by the city.
This property has now become a breeding ground for pests and foul odors.
Who do I call?

The Nuisance Business Task Force 215-686-5858

If you have an issue with a nuisance property
or a former nuisance property that has been padlocked and now has become a new nuisance.


My Roof is leaking and I can't pay anyone to fix it. Is there anybody that can help me?

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp 215-448-2160
Roof leak must be causing severe damage. Homeowners Only


I don't have health insurance and can't pay for my operation.

Call the Hill-Burton Hotline. Under this program, certain health care facilities provide free or low-cost medical care to patients who cannot afford to pay. Call the Hotline to find out if you meet the eligibility requirements and to request a list of local facilities that are participating.
Hill-Burton Hotline 800-638-0742


I don't have health insurance and can't pay for my children's medical needs.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsors a nationwide program "Covering Kids and Families".
They encourage parents of noninsured children to call Toll Free...
877-543-7669 (877-KIDS-NOW)


Someone very dear to me has committed suicide and I am having trouble dealing with it.

The American Association of Suicidology
They provide referrals to local self-help groups for survivors of suicide.
www.suicidology.org


My child was murdered. Who can I contact to help me through this?

Parents of Murdered Children
They provide support and assistance to survivors of homicide victims.
www.pomc.org


My basement steps are old and very rickety. I am afraid of falling.

Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program 215-765-9000 Extension 5222
They can rebuild your basement steps. Priority service is given to low-income people with physical disabilities who are over 75 years old and living alone.


My heater does not even work properly, now what do I do?

The Emergency Heater Hotline
Free minor heater repairs.
Homeowners: 215-568-7190
Renters: 215-686-2590


I am in need of Dental Care but I just can't afford it!

If you live near a university that has a dental school, then you may be in luck.
Many of these schools offer reduced fee services for dental care.
You will receive treatment from students, but they will be supervised by some of the best people in the field.

To locate schools near you,
contact the... American Association of Dental Schools 202-667-9433

Also...
The National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped started the Donated Dental Services program to help disabled and elderly persons who are low-income by matching them with volunteer dentists. Homeless and mentally ill people are also helped. Volunteer dentists agree to treat one or two people each year with dental problems, and dental laboratories that make dentures, crowns, and bridges also donate services.
In some areas of the country, Dental House Call projects have been started where dentists will come to homes or centers to provide dental care. To learn where services are located in your area, contact...
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped 303-534-5360


I am having a problem with my Plumbing and can't pay anyone to fix it.
Is there anybody that can help me?

Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program
215-765-9000 Extension 5222
Minor plumbing repairs. Priority service is given to low-income people with physical disabilities who are over 75 years old and living alone.

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp 215-448-2160
Basic Plumbing Repairs. Homeowners Only


I am having Electrical problems and can't pay anyone to fix it. Is there anybody that can help me?

Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program
215-765-9000 Extension 5222
They can replace your electrical switches, outlets and fixtures. Priority service is given to low-income people with physical disabilities who are over 75 years old and living alone.

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp 215-448-2160
Basic Electrical Repairs. Homeowners Only


I am having trouble with my cell phone provider.
They keep charging me for services that I never asked for or cancelled.

Federal Communications Commission 888-225-5322


My children are getting into trouble.
I fear that it is getting worse now that I am ill and can not supervise them as I used to.

If your children are getting into trouble with the law put them on a course of good behavior.
Turn them around now.

A good method that works well is to try getting them interested in law enforcement careers. They find this field exciting and sadly with crime escalating so fast today this profession certainly has a bright future.

These organizations listed below can spark your children's interest to go to the right side of the law.

Get your youngsters involved with the little known organization Junior Town Watch at 215-686-1459

Get them involved with...
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia
"PAL" 215-291-9000
The PAL organization has evolved into a citywide presence serving more than 28,000 boys and girls ages 6 to 18.

That service includes athletics, homework clubs, computer outreach programs, self-esteem workshops and countless friendships and relationships that have made a positive impact in the life of thousands of children. PAL is "Cops Helping Kids."

The heart of the program is the special relationship between the youth and the dedicated police officers that supervise the centers and activities.

Young people can participate in all these activities, without ever paying a penny.
All instruction and equipment are provided without cost. PAL is free, safe and fun.


I am ill and confined to my home.
My neighborhood is not safe and I can't even feel secure in my own home.

Town Watch 215-686-1459
Your neighborhood may already have this organization patrolling your neighborhood and some of their members can stop by and check in on you.

Police Department
And don't forget your local Police Department. Yes, they are there to help you too!

Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program
215-765-9000 Extension 5222
They will replace or fix Exterior Doors and Locks in need of repair. Priority service is given to low-income people with physical disabilities who are over 75 years old and living alone.


I am a Veteran. Any help for me?

Yes, yes, yes! There are many benefits available to you. Everyone with an honorable discharge is eligible and you don't have to have been injured during a war to qualify. Benefits include very low cost prescriptions, help with life insurance, to name a few.

Veterans Administration Center 800-827-1000


I am having a dispute over a fee that a lawyer has charged me. What can I do?

If you feel that you were unjustly charged, call...
The Bar Association's Fee Disputes Committee 215-238-6300


My home is very cold and drafty in the wintertime.
I can't cope with being so uncomfortable, especially with my condition. What can I do?

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp 215-448-2161
Services are available for low-income Philadelphians to stop the drafts and keep the heat in you're home. They provide free weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements to owner-occupied and rental units. Services include air-sealing measures; window and door repair or replacement: wrapping of hot water-heaters, heating pipes and ducts; sealing of basement openings, crawlspaces and chaseways; insulating and air-sealing of roof area; repair and efficiency modifications to central heating systems.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Services 215-988-0929
They provide energy conservation services to eligible households under contracts with local utilities and government. These include gas, water and electricity.


I call places for help only to be disconnected or put in a loop.

Try again and make the call and when you can't stand the frustration any longer, stop for the day and try again tomorrow. The key here is to keep trying. Eventually you will get through to that one sweet person to help you that will treat you like your own daughter or son would.

When you get through to an organization for help and they say that they don't handle the particular area that you live in, ask them if they would be so kind to direct you to the organization that offers assistance for your neighborhood.

After they help you, always remember to ask them for their name and extension number. That way if you ever have to get back to that person who was kind and helpful to you, you will be able to call them again and get right through to them.

Just remember that you are not alone with your illness. There are millions of Americans that share the same dilemma as you and many organizations, though difficult to find at times, are there to help you through it.


I call places for help only to be treated terrible by the phone operator. They are curt and cruel and talk faster than I can write. They have no patience with me. Why are some people so mean?

When you get that mean person on the phone make an excuse to call again later. Try calling again the next day. You may find a different person answering the phone that will be nice to you.

Some people in this life are truly mean and others are mean and don't really want to be. When you get to know the other person's motivations you often can understand why they behave the way that they do.

I have a friend who learned this lesson very well one time. He worked with a man who talked very loud and obnoxiously. He had to put up with this co-worker for over a year like this. A time came when my friend was leaving this job for another. It was his last day at work and the time grew near for him to tell his co-worker off. Well he and his co-workers were all sitting at the lunch table and he was about to make his move when the fella started talking about his parents that he lived with. His deaf parents. Yes, ever since he was a child he would have to talk very loudly to his then hearing impaired parents. My friend felt so ashamed and sobbed quietly to himself at the table. Try to understand these mean people as they could turn out to be the nicest people in the world only waiting for someone to understand them. A good rule for all of us to live by is to treat everyone as if they are your own Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, etc. Think about it. When you are trying to merge in traffic your "Son" would let you in. When you are scared at the hospital the nurse, your "Daughter" would comfort you. When you are trying to lift that heavy grocery into your cart, your "Nephew" would come to your rescue smiling all the while.


I have to keep the thermostat set low because I am having trouble affording the heating bill. I can't cope with being so uncomfortable, especially with my condition. What can I do?

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 215-560-2970
Helps low-income homeowners or renters who are unable to pay their utility bills.

Emergency Fuel Assistance Program (Crisis) 215-686-2590
They help provide homeowners or tenants with heating including oil deliveries. Client must be without oil or heating service has been cut off.

Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) 215-829-0545
They provide up to $500 to help pay heat-related bills. Client must have a shut-off notice, service is off or shut-off status can be verified. Applicant must have applied for and exhausted all governmental energy assistance programs available (LIHEAP and CRISIS). Must meet income guidelines.

Homelessness Prevention Program 215-988-0929
They provide case management for utilities assistance. Applicant must be facing a utility shut-off, or in need of heating oil or a security deposit. Income guidelines and other need-based eligibility requirements apply.

Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania www.theenergyco-op.com
Join a co-op program where fuel is purchased in bulk at a cheaper price and all members can save as much as 10 to 20% on their fuel bills.


My illness has made me handicapped. I have trouble getting around my house.
Is there any help out there for me?

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging 215-528-5830
They provide free adaptations to homes or apartments of low-income disabled individuals.

Also...
Easter Seals, the American Cancer Society, and other helpful organizations provide free wheelchairs and other medical related equipment, like walkers, commodes, bathtub rails, bathtub chairs, crutches, transfer benches, electric wheelchairs and scooters, on a short- or long-term basis. Some programs require deposits that are completely refundable. Check with these organizations:

American Cancer Society 800-227-2345

Easter Seals 800-221-6825


Some of the organizations that I finally get through to tell me that the information that I need is on the World Wide Web. Now what do I do? What is the World Wide Web anyway?

The World Wide Web is a very wonderful thing. To the determent of our older generation, more and more of these resources are being advertised on the World Wide Web. I know that most of you don't have a computer, don't know how to use a computer, and don't want to be bothered to learn how to at this stage in your life. This is nothing to be ashamed of.

If an organization has told you that the information you need, or the form you need to fill out is "On the Web", it should be noted that computers hooked up to the World Wide Web are available for free use at most libraries. Call around to find the library located nearest to you that has a computer hooked up to the World Wide Web. When you get there you may met a kind librarian who will assist you and use the computer for you.

The existence of the World Wide Web, with its wealth of knowledge, will dramatically curtail the duplication of research, which will allow more efforts to be made on new research. Also discoveries in one field will find their way for use in other fields. This will significantly propel the medical industry into faster and faster discoveries of cures. Remember that the illness that effects you today may be cured or minimized in the very near future. You have to hang on to life to get there.


What other phone numbers are there listings for?

ADOPTION: National Adoption Center 800-862-3678
AGING: National Council on Aging 800-424-9046
AIDS: Clinical Trial Information Services 800-TRIALS-A
ALCOHOL: Alcohol Hotline 800-252-6465
ALZHEIMERS: Alzheimer's Helpline 800-228-8738
ALZHEIMERS: Alzheimer's Hotline 800-621-0379
AUTISM: Autism Society of America 800-3AUTISM
BRAIN: National Brain Tumor Foundation 800-934-CURE
CANCER: American Cancer Society 800-ACS-2345
CANCER: National Breast Cancer Organization 800-221-2141
CHILDREN: Child Find of America 800-426-5678
DEPRESSION: Depression Hotline 800-551-0008
DIABETES: American Diabetes Association 800-232-3472
DIABETES: International Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 800-223-1138
DRUGS ABUSE: Just Say No 800-258-2766
DYSLEXIA: Orton Dyslexia Society 800-ABCD-123
EPILEPSY: Epilepsy Foundation of America 800-EFA-1000
FAMILIES: Parents Helpline 800-345-5044
FIBROMYALGIA: Fibromyalgia Network 800-853-2929
GAMBLING: National Council on Problem Gambling 800-522-4700
GRIEF: Grief Recovery Hotline 800-445-4808
HEADACHES: National Headache Foundation 800-843-2256
HEART: American Heart Association 800-242-8721
HEPATITIS: Hepatitis Foundation International 800-891-0707
HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE: Huntington's Disease Foundation 800-345-4372
IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES: Immune Deficiency foundation 800-296-4433
LYMES DISEASE: Lymes Disease Foundation 800-886-5963
MEDICARE: Medicare Hotline 800-medicare
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: National Center for Multiple Sclerosis Society 800-344-4867
PREGNANCY: Maternity care 800-592-4357
RAPE: Rape/Sex Abuse Hotline 800-551-0008
SAFETY: Workplace safety and health 800-321-OSHA
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE: National Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline 800-227-8922
SOCIAL SECURITY: Social Security Administration 800-772-1213
SPINAL CORD: National Spinal Cord Injury Association 800-962-9629
STUTTERING: National Center for Stuttering 800-221-2483


Please Note:
If you find any corrections or additions to the above,
please bring them to my attention and I will have it so noted on this web page.

Sincerely,
Valerie Morrison

Charity and Fund-Raising
Valerie makes herself available for worthy causes without compensation.

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Now let's help our service men and women...

LCpl. Adam Conboy
Killed in Iraq May 12, 2006
Age 21

LCpl. Adam Conboy

Lance Cpl. Adam C. Conboy, of Philadelphia had been in Iraq for just eight weeks
when he died in Al Anbar province.

Mary, Adam's mother, said that
"Adam strongly felt that it was the responsibility of his generation
to carry on the tradition and to defend his country so that we can enjoy the freedoms
that we so readily take for granted."

Adam wore three tattoos.
"Ireland", the country of his ancestors, on his leg, "Philly" tattooed across his stomach,
and the "Face of Jesus" over his heart.

Operation Bedding

LCpl. Adam Conboy

In Adam's last phone call from Iraq with his mother Mary, he asked her to round up clean sheets and other supplies for himself and his Marine buddies in his 40-man platoon.

"C'mon, Mom, get "Operation Bedding" going," Adam urged in his last phone call.

In addition to her bottomless grief for her son,
Mary has a mission to granting her son's last wish.

LCpl. Adam Conboy     LCpl. Adam Conboy

LCpl. Adam Conboy

Adam's list of Marine "wants" includes:
Pads, Pencils, Magazines, Sweat Socks, Baby Wipes, Headbands,
Tuna, Lip Balm, Sunscreen, Slim Jims, Candy, Gum and Tasty Kakes.

Donations of these supplies
can be dropped off at...
"The Review" Newspaper office
6220 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia 19128
during business hours, 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Financial Donations
may be made payable to the...
"Adam C. Conboy Memorial Fund"
c/o Wachovia Bank
6128 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia 19128
The money will be used to purchase these needed items for the Marines in his battalion.

May you rest in peace Adam...
with all those soldiers before you and sadly
with those still to follow.

God Bless,
Valerie Morrison
July 2006


A Side Note

For over 10 years now I have made it a point to help pay for a service man's meal.

When I go to a restaurant and find soldiers there, I call their waiter over and give him or her money to apply to the soldier's meal.
I try to do this as graciously as possible and usually leave before they know.
I find myself with mixed feelings, happy to help our soldiers, angry that I see so very few people following my lead.

Recently I was at a fast food establishment and paid for the meal for the two soldiers in line behind me.
While speaking with them I overhead a commotion going on at a table near us.
Five young girls were screaming and giggling loudly about boyfriends, clothing, hair styles, jewelry, money, cars, etc.,
and were completely oblivious to the soldiers that were there and what they stand for.
The girls were all on their cell phones speaking to "no one" "about nothing" and one girl was having a crisis
because she had just broken a nail.

Anger fills my body. How can this be? What are we teaching our children?
Why isn't this highly profitable fast food chain offering anything to our soldiers?

And sadly our soldiers are fighting for us so that our next generation can obliviously go on screaming and giggling loudly about boyfriends, clothing, hair styles, jewelry, money, and cars
and be able to continue to be on their cell phones for hours speaking to...
"No One", "about Nothing".

Please...

Treat a Soldier to a meal
and...
Contribute to Adam's "Operation Bedding"



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