Every day, all day, someone needs help. They rely on support from generous people like you. You will make a difference in their lives and it will make a difference in yours. We highlight just a few of those who need your help.
Our oldest beneficiary is a 91-year-old woman with stage 4 bedsores subsequent to her surgery. She is very weak and unable to move around. Nursing home is providing her with minimal care and not the critical care she desperately needs. Her friend and Polish Assistance provide assistance for extra care. Her strong will to live is her story. Your donations help the elderly such as Marianna live out their years in dignity.
Update: Marianna is doing better and looking forward to Christmas
Stanislaw is 61 year old, lives in a shelter and can’t find a job due to his physical condition. He has been in the U.S. 31 years. He is asking for prothesis so he can walk without a support and be independent. Even getting to the doctor by bus is extremely painful. His application included 2 inches high medical records.
Stanislaw now has a prosthetic leg and our support continues as he continues to gain independence.
In June, a tour van heading to Boston was full of Polish and Polish-American tourists was involved in a fatal crash. There were 11 people in the van, which flipped and ejected all occupants. Two Polish citizens died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Among those was Leszek. Since then his body has been transferred to Poland where he is buried. His wife, Edyta, is still in a hospital and after months of critical care is awaiting rehabilitation. Her daughter came from Poland and is constantly beside her.
Update: Edyta is now back in Poland to continue her treatment.
Most of our beneficiaries have serious health issues. One of our most recent recipients has renal cell carcinoma of the right kidney. Another beneficiary has been in shelters for the homeless since 2012 and has a history of traumatic brain injury and seizure disorder. He is under psychiatric monitoring. A few dollars from Polish Assistance allow him to buy a few basic necessities.
We answered a call from a woman whose apartment burned down. She is living in a shelter. Red Cross helped initially. Now we need to help until she and her children find another home. We continue to provide supplemental aid to a widow with 5 young children who is unable to work full-time.
We help those who live in safety-net hospitals are New York City’s long term rehabilitation & nursing care centers and we have been providing aid to Polish residents for many years. $50 per month allows them to buy a much-needed personal items.
When reviewing requests for assistance, our primary considerations are financial hardship, age and poor health such as incurable or terminal illness.
Each applicant goes through an initial review process and is re-approved annually. The official poverty guideline starts at $12,060 per person and $16,240 for a family of two. We sadly report that most applicants meet these criteria.
Once an applicant becomes our beneficiary, we are usually committing often to his/her support for their remaining lifetime as most of our recipients have little chance for quality of life improvement. In most cases, these individuals are seniors with serious health issues that have no means of supporting themselves. We also provide aid to patients in a “long term acute care hospital”, the city’s safety-net provider of healthcare services.
Emergencies happen. If the condition is temporary, we may give one-time assistance or for a very short time.
Now more than ever, ethnic communities need help. It is not a political statement. It is just a tragic reality. We help the needy and desperate live out their lives in a foreign land with dignity.
Our activities focus on the New York metropolitan area, with an increasing portion of the assistance requested and given to out-of-state individuals.
Initially Polish Assistance supported those who came to the United States to escape communism. In Poland they had skills and they knew the language. In the U.S. they had to start all over again.
We helped them live out their lives in a foreign land with dignity.
Then we provided help to those who came here to escape the political and economic turmoil that communism created. Again, in Poland they had skills and they knew the language. In the U.S., many despite their education, performed physical labor. Some adjusted and some fell on hard times. They have no sense of belonging in the U.S. and they have no longer sense of belonging in Poland. Sadly, many families do not want the burden of the sick. We help them live out their lives with dignity.
Today, Polish skilled labor is sought after in the US. Technology today allows them to earn competitive salaries while living in Poland.