Friday, February 12, 2010

Executive Director’s Desk

The impact of the downturn in the economy has affected everyone in one way or another. Especially hard hit are the segments of our population that rely on fixed incomes. For instance, a retired person has seen his or her retirement "nest egg" dwindle or the disabled person now has to stretch an already stretched budget to accommodate increased costs in food, utilities and gasoline. More and more people are being laid off and forced to rely on public benefits to get them through these hard times.

When will the economy turn around is anyone's guess. More importantly for our low income community, the question is when will the economy recover and “trickle down” to help them? Historically speaking, it will be a significant amount of time after the general population has felt the effects of a growing economy.

What, then, can a person do to maximize resources in this economic time? One should find out all they can about the help that is available to them. Apply for public benefits, get information about different programs. This newsletter will give some of that information. More information is available on our website at Please find out all you can about maximizing your resources for yourself and your family.

Very truly yours,

Robert A. Oakley, Esq.
NWLS Executive Director