Not long ago, I told you about Lori G. Sywensky, Norco's Community Development Grants Administrator. Thanks in large part to her efforts, Northampton County's homeless shelters will be getting $154,338 this year. Most of it will be for items badly needed, like windows and electrical work. Without people like Lori, who is really committed to her job, those shelters would be getting no help at all.
Lori's achievement got no news ink. Stories like hers put us to sleep. But for many people, she's a life saver.
Lehigh County has its share of unsung heros, too. The rising cost of food and fuel is hurting people everywhere. It especially hurts the poor, who have to decide whether to pay the electric bill or eat. Unfortunately, people right here in the Lehigh Valley are hungry. Lynn Kovich, who heads Human Services, heard about the pressure on local food banks from county officials, and scrounged around until she found $24,000 in her budget. This is in addition to the $24,000 from Allentown Rescue Mission.
Like Lori, you won't see Lynn's name in the paper unless something goes wrong. But lots of low-income families will have a few more decent meals because of her.