Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Elderly woman gets assistance from Labour Ministry

PATH Beneficiary Berly Gray (front right) with daughter Helen Gray (front left). Sharing in the occasion are  Annmarie Bassant (back left) and Toshane Young.

PATH Beneficiary Berly Gray (front right) with daughter Helen Gray (front left). Sharing in the occasion are Annmarie Bassant (back left) and Toshane Young.

Helen Gray smiled appreciatively as she welcomed the officers from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security into her one-bedroom house off Peter King Road in the little District of Rose Hall, Clarendon.

The ministry brought items such as food packages, a walker and much-needed adult diapers for the 80-year old PATH beneficiary.

“The items are very welcomed,” said Helen, daughter of the recipient Mrs Beryl Gray as she handed one of the items to her mother.

The elderly lady smiled and seemed overwhelmed by the outpouring since her story was highlighted in the print media some days ago.

Her daughter continued, “I am the person who collects her PATH cheques which come religiously every two months at the post office for mama.

Helen Gray receives a package of food items from social worker Valarie Johnson. 

“The PATH money is very helpful as it goes towards feeding her and buying toiletries,” Helen said.

Mrs Gray was one of the recipients on PATH to benefit from the Government’s We Care Programme. 

Helen went on, “we benefited from the COVID Care Programme and a social worker from the ministry’s May Pen Office visited us recently. She is going to get the two boys on the PATH programme as they are now living with us.  I have to take copies of their Birth Certificates to the Parish Office to begin the process,” she said, gesticulating to her grandnephew and her grandson enjoying bag juices as they looked on. 

Helen continued, “I was also told that with my TRN, ID, invoices from a supplier and proof of land tenure I can get assistance with repairs to the one bedroom and even add a little bathroom. I have some materials all ready to begin, so better times are ahead”, she said, smiling.

PATH beneficiaries can access other services from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security especially under the Rehabilitation Grants Programme. 

PATH is a Conditional Cash Transfer programme providing for poor and vulnerable households with children as well as elderly persons 60 years and over.  

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