From Dove Creek, CO
Story Type: People We Serve
Programs Used: Dove Creek Care and Share
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
In his early 20s, Frank moved to New York City to become an actor. After several years, he found himself in Southern California driving an 18 wheeler. Two years later, he moved to Phoenix and bought a limousine to transport clients from the airport to their hotels. After sitting in his limo on a sweltering 117-degree day, he decided he had enough.
Shortly afterwards, a friend told him that he could live in her abandoned house near Dove Creek, Colorado. Frank worked hard to make the house habitable, and he loves it. At the age of 76, however, it is much harder for him to do all of the work necessary to survive the harsh winters, like chopping and hauling wood. This summer, he is going back to Arizona to escape the cold, where he will live out of his trailer and sell his paintings, returning to his home in the spring when the weather starts to warm.
Because of Frank’s diverse work history, his monthly Social Security check is very minimal and he sometimes struggles to get by. The nearest grocery store is 35 miles away and the small, local grocer/gas station is very expensive. Before Frank found the food pantry in Dove Creek, he spent $240.00 each month on groceries. Now, he spends less than $80 a month, and can funnel his limited resources into other basic necessities. Frank said that “Without Care and Share, I would not have a good diet and would not be healthy.”