This fundraiser is for a sweet couple, WWII Veteran, Claude and Dorothy Cravens, they are 88 and 86 respectively, they have been married for over 63 years and have spent the last 35 years in the same home. About 10 years ago Dorothy was diagnosed with Dementia and Claude became her primary caregiver and has been doing so ever since. Claude has done his best to take care of Dorothy and their home, but he himself is getting old and is no longer able to provide the care necessary for Dorothy and their home.  During these 10 years their home has not been properly tended to and due to this, it is no longer safe for them to live in their home, and Claude is exhausted from trying to take care of Dorothy. Fortunately, there was a compassionate owner of a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), who took them in on Thanksgiving Eve even though they did not have enough money to pay their rent. The typical rent for two people in a RCFE is $5000 per month; however, this care home is willing to only charge $4000 to help this wonderful couple from becoming homeless.  Their total combined income right now is $2000.00/month with no savings to fall back on.

Claude is a WWII Veteran and he will receive Veterans Aid and Attendance funds in about 6 to 8 months, but in the meantime, we need to help Claude and Dorothy supplement the meager Social Security compensation they gets each month, until his VA benefits kick in. The stress of moving and the uncertainty of their future has sent Claude to the hospital three times in the last few weeks due to stress and exhaustion because he is worried about Dorothy and how he will care and provide for her. Adult Protective Services has even tried to help, but they do not have the resources.

We are asking for $6,000 to help Claude and Dorothy with their bills until the Veteran’s benefits start, this money will go towards their housing (using $3000/mo towards their rent) and personal needs (i.e., incontinent supplies, medications, etc..) and to help clean out their home and keep them in a safe and protected environment.

Claude fought for our country and is now fighting to keep himself and his wife of 63 years from becoming homeless. Please help this man that helped to keep our country free and safe!

Organizer and beneficiary

Jenny Caracciolo
Roseville, CA
Claude Cravens

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