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During the initial three or four days of clean up after the flood—we threw out all the junk and dried out what we could. But, it was really a month or two month process to get to the point of working again. Everything had to be redone, including rewiring.

About three weeks after the flood I was trying to figure out if I was going to be able to keep my assistant. I actually didn’t seek CERF+ assistance. Amazingly, I was contacted by CERF+ staff, offering help. I sent in an application and in less than a week I had a grant check.

The grant award was not a lot of money, but it was enough so I could keep my assistant through the clean up and until income started up. CERF+’s assistance provided a bridge from cleanup to getting back to work. Beyond the volunteer help of friends, CERF+ aid was the only real help available. That made a real difference.

Gary Spykman online