Financial trouble, which had been a problem for years, increased after his death. Though she is in the country legally, Ms. Kastsiuk does not have a green card, something she is pursuing now. She received a one-time payment of $255 from Social Security after her husband’s death. Without his income, she is looking for a roommate to split the cost of her $1,350 rent.
Over the summer, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, one of the eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, provided Ms. Kastsiuk with $1,481 of Neediest funds to cover one month’s rent and electricity.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Ms. Kastsiuk recalled. “And I didn’t think they’d help me. I’m not Jewish, but that didn’t matter to them.”
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