SVP is helping a family of two adults and three children, 17, 12 & 11 years. Last year the father lost his job, and as a result the family also lost their family Income Supplement payment. The father had to wait almost 4 weeks for the first social welfare payment. They have a mortgage but have negotiated a break with the bank, reducing their repayments from €1500 per month to €600.
At home the mother is moving tinned food from the cupboard to the fridge to make it look full in front of the children. The mother says “I used to think nobody cared the SVP members listened and gave us hope. With their assistance in giving us a hand up, we might just make it.”