By Janee Law
Through its nonprofit program “Senior Dreams Come True,” Melville-based law firm Genser Dubow Genser & Cona has donated $1,500 to help an Old Bethpage woman who was struggling to pay her bills.
Marilyn Stokes, 69, currently lives in a 400-square-foot studio and is unable to work due to her battle with an autoimmune disease, and nerve damage she suffered in a work-related incident 13 years ago.
Stokes financial situation worsened after her cat got sick with bladder stones recently, which resulted in her paying for costly veterinary treatment and a prescription diet. As a result, Stokes couldn’t afford to pay her bills, which resulted in her losing both phone and television service.
"Going into every month overdrawn, makes it difficult to live," Stokes said in a press release. "I desperately tried to seek help from other organizations, but to no avail until ‘Senior Dreams’ generously responded to my plea and came to the rescue.”
Senior Dreams paid Stokes’ phone, medical and veterinary bills. In addition, Senior Dreams provided Stokes with a $400 Target gift card so she could purchase basic household and personal care items, and paid for a haircut.
In total, the program donated $1,500 to get Stokes back on her feet.
“Marilyn just needed that one time bit of help to get back on track,” said Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq., partner at GDGC. “This is exactly the kind of assistance ‘Senior Dreams Come True’ can provide: short-term assistance to help a senior get over a hump.”
Senior Dreams launched in July 2010 as a subsidiary of GDGC Charitable Events, with a goal to grant wishes to qualifying seniors with limited means.
For more information on Seniors Dreams, and how to file a “wish request,” visit genserlaw.com or call 631-390-5000.