Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Rena Thomas

Rena Thomas



Rena Thomas


"I didn't know (the Recovery Act) was helping me. That's great. It really helps."

Rena Thomas, 59, of Lakewood, struggles to make ends meet. She used to work as hairdresser but went on disability years ago because of a knee and foot injury and can't work. So she lives off of Social Security disability payments and other government-sponsored benefits.


Since February 2009, Thomas has been getting higher food stamp benefits because of the Recovery Act. She says the extra money for groceries is wonderful and allows her buy more at the store. She also received an extra $250 check from the Social Security Administration in the Spring -- also courtesy of the Recovery Act. She said she didn't know the Recovery Act was paying for the extra benefits. "I didn't know (the Recovery Act) was helping me. That's great. It really helps," Thomas said. With the extra $250, she said she paid her phone bill, which had been overdue.


Thomas also goes to Agape Life Church to get food commodity items on a weekly basis. She said the fruits and vegetables and meat are really helpful for her diet. "I depend on this, I really do."








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