79-year-old Greta** is a low-income senior living in greater Vancouver on a meager $666 per month Old Age Pension. She had worked hard her entire life, but unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, she struggled to make ends meet and lost her home. To make matters worse, her GIS payments had stopped since she had not completed her 2021 taxes.
With no one to turn to, Greta entered the Seniors Services Society’s Temporary Housing Program feeling hopeless until she heard about our Tax Assistance Program from her Housing Outreach Worker that could help seniors like her. She immediately booked an appointment. Greta met with a compassionate volunteer who was eager to help. They worked diligently to complete her taxes and submit the necessary paperwork to Service Canada to reinstate her GIS payments.
After a few weeks, Greta received some life-changing news. Service Canada reinstated her GIS payments, and she would receive $1043 more each month. She was overjoyed and couldn’t thank the tax clinic enough for their assistance.
With the help of her GIS payments, Greta could afford a new apartment, manage her bills, and even save a little money. She felt grateful for the support she had received from SSSBC.
Thanks to the help of the tax clinic, Greta’s life took a turn for the better. She felt empowered and hopeful about her future, knowing that there were people and resources available to help her when she needed it most.
The SSSBC Housing Team makes a significant impact on the lives of seniors in a housing crisis. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the tax clinic provided Greta with the help she needed to get back on her feet.
By supporting SSSBC, donors can make a real difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether through monetary donations, volunteering, or spreading awareness, every little bit of help enhances the lives of vulnerable seniors every day. If you’d like to help more seniors like Greta, make a generous gift today!
**Pseudonym is used to protect the identity of our clients.