110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Oct 1, 2013 - 2:53:23pm
When it comes to getting medical services, housing, social services, disability income and a host of other benefits, identification is essential.
For people who live on the streets, keeping hold of identification is difficult. ID cards may be stolen. Landlords throw away identification papers when a tenant is evicted, or is in jail and can't return to retrieve the papers. Sometimes papers are simply lost during times of turmoil.
When people want to put their lives back together and become self-sufficient, they can't, because they can't document who they are. Without identification, people simply don't exist, as far as most governmental and social agencies are concerned. Never mind getting housing or a job.
That's where IDignity comes in.
"We are overcoming obstacles today," DeLand IDignity coordinator Patti Rausch said Sept. 23, when 150 people came to an IDignity event at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand for help getting identification.
Rausch said 22 of those people left with replacement Social Security cards. IDignity volunteers were able to order 30 medical records for clients, which will help those people get Social Security cards. And, 78 people left the event with state ID cards.
Rausch said she was pleased with how smoothly the event went.
"It was a very satisfying day," she said. "We have a great community."
The next IDignity event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, at 724 N. Woodland Blvd. People will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Read more, including the story of an IDignity client, in the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Midweek edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The Beacon online, click here. For a list of newsstand locations, click here. To have the print edition mailed to your home twice a week, send your address via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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