Staring Down Homelessness With Dignity and Pluck

A few months later, one of her cousins learned of the Homelessness Prevention Program at Dorot, a social services agency. In April 2016, Ms. Marcus moved into a temporary residence in Manhattan for older adults facing homelessness. In February, the agency placed her in permanent housing at an assisted-living center in Far Rockaway, not far from her family’s old summer home.

Ms. Marcus receives $735 a month in Supplemental Security Income and could not afford the first month’s rent. A social worker contacted the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Dorot and the Jewish Board are beneficiary organizations of UJA-Federation of New York, one of eight charities supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. The board used $1,235 in Neediest Cases funds to cover the first month’s rent.

Ms. Marcus maintains a jaunty disposition and welcomes the unknown, embracing it as if it were another adventure before her.

“You deal with life as it happens,” she said. “You have great faith that things will work out and you just deal with it.”

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