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Genoveva and Juan

February 2, 2015

IMG_5488     Her voice still hoarse after being intubated for surgery to repair her broken shoulder after a fall, Genoveva struggles to talk.  At 80, she and husband Juan, (86) have been married 56 years.  They have participated in the senior program at Bethel Neighborhood Council for nearly 10 years; a blessing for the couple living on a fixed income.  With some help from their children, Genoveva is the primary caretaker for Juan who is deaf and struggles with dementia.  The two move around the lunch table slowly with their canes; Genoveva guiding Juan by the arm.  Their monthly income is just slightly over the limit to qualify for food stamps, but not enough to ensure they have sufficient food to eat each month.  They eat two meals at the center and often skip supper to ensure their food lasts.  The commodities box they receive from Project HOPE supplements their meals from the center.  When they run low on food a neighbor will often bring nachos to share with the couple.  They are grateful for the help they receive from the center and the San Antonio Food Bank.

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