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April 3, 2013

Pasta dinner proceeds help residents in need

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

A forkful of pasta at the Troy People Concerned Spring Pasta Dinner can go a long way to help Troy families in need.

One TPC client is a single mom with medical disabilities who needed help paying her electric bill. She’d recently left a shelter with her 9-year-old daughter and qualified for assistance with housing, but she fell behind on the $204 electric bill because she needed to buy medication for her daughter.

Another client lost his job and had to have surgery, which made him temporarily unemployable, and he needed $200 for his rent.

A single father, 45, with four children ages 7 through 14, lost his home in a fire. TPC helped him with $400 in gift cards to purchase necessities.

And a 42-year-old liver transplant patient who suffered with medical complications needed help with his $708 rent.

TPC was founded almost 40 years ago to assist low-income families, and it continues to be a viable organization in the Troy community,” said Doris Nelson, director of TPC. The organization will assist qualifying low-income residents with limited financial assistance and provide necessary referrals to agencies, food pantries, and local furniture banks and clothing closets.

Nelson added that TPC also matches donors with families in need to provide holiday baskets and backpacks for students at the start of the school year.

TPC includes an influx of new members from the business and faith community, residents, and volunteer firefighters.

“We want people to understand we help Troy families in a crisis situation,” said Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city and board secretary for TPC.

She noted that referrals, which TPC provides to those who qualify, are needed to get help from agencies. Thanks to volunteers, TPC now has a new website and Facebook page.  

The Spring Pasta Dinner is the organization’s major fundraiser, Stewart added. The event will include a silent auction, face painting for children, a magician and a raffle.

The Spring Pasta Dinner will be held 5-8:30 p.m. April 25 at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver, Troy. People who bring a nonperishable food item for the TPC food pantry will receive one free raffle ticket. For information, call (248) 528-9199. Send ticket requests and checks, payable to Troy People Concerned, to Troy People Concerned, 2045 Austin Dr., Troy, MI 48083. Visit www.troypeopleconcerned.org.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.