CARE program bringing heat to homes through the holidays

(WLNS) – A program through Consumers Energy and United Way, is giving families a helping hand during the cold winter months in Michigan.

A reported 4 in 10 households in Michigan are struggling to make ends meet, and single mother of four Tabitha Dillay, is one of them.

“All I cared about was making sure my kids had what they need,” Dillay said.

Dillay was working as a server, living in subsidized housing, and couldn’t pay her utility bills until she started working for the CARE program and applied for the heating assistance herself.

“Between the job with the program and the utility discount, I was able to make ends meet”.

CARE customers must have past payments due on their utility bill, and meet other financial qualifications of the program. It’s assistance that helps now and in the future.

“When you complete the program in a year you start with a clean slate with nothing due,” Untied Way of Jackson County President Ken Toll said.

Dillay says she now has less weight on her shoulders and the chance to provide other things for her daughters.

“Being able to put something under the Christmas tree, it’s huge,” Dillay explained.

After one year of assistance, she now is able to pay her bills on her own and is giving back by helping others who carry similar burdens.

“As long as you meet the income qualifications, we’re here to help”.

There are still more than 2,000 slots available for receiving assistance this year.

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