COLUMBIA, SC — For Trenisha Brimfield, keeping her family warm hasnt been easy.
The Columbia resident and mother of two says her homes poor insulation has been an issue.
I have a lot of cracks in the house, she said, explaining that power bills routinely reach the $400-$500 range.
On top of that, Brimfield is currently unemployed. She said shed like to find a job that allows her to work while her children are in school, but in the meantime she struggles to make ends meet each month.
Late last month, the overdue notices began to pile up. Brimfield said she already had requested several extensions and knew that if the bill wasnt taken care of soon, her power would be turned off.
It was nerve-racking, she said.
To her relief, she was able to schedule an appointment with the Salvation Army to see whether she qualified for assistance from the Woodyard Fund.
The Woodyard Fund helps pay energy bills for Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry County residents who are in crisis situations. Through the fund, eligible households get vouchers redeemable at businesses that provide heating services. The Salvation Army reimburses the businesses for the voucher amounts.
After meeting with a caseworker, Brimfield was approved for $300 toward her electricity bill, more than half of what she owed.
She said shes grateful for the assistance she received from the Woodyard Fund, which was enough to keep her power on. Shes also glad that the program was in place to help her when she needed it most.
Whoever came up with the idea, I wish I could shake their hand.