A Warm Recovery

Rhode Islanders helping Rhode Islanders.

After getting married, John went to work for a family-owned machine shop in Pawtucket, Jolene became a paralegal for a downtown Providence law firm, and the young couple purchased a small house on the East Side. It wasn’t long before they were expecting a baby, and, over the next five years, they had two more.

A couple of weeks after their youngest daughter, Maria, began middle school, she was diagnosed with Leukemia; the medical costs quickly added up. They had always prided themselves on helping others — regularly donating to Good Neighbor Energy Fund and United Way of Rhode Island — but, up until now, had never needed help themselves.

Winter was quickly approaching when Maria finished treatment, but without money for heat, her recuperation would be a difficult one. After their interview, John and Jolene were approved for heating assistance. Good Neighbor Energy Fund is thankful for the opportunity to help Maria stay warm as she made a complete recovery.


For over three decades, Rhode Islanders have been keeping their neighbors warm by giving to Good Neighbor Energy Fund. You can help families, like Maria’s, stay warm this winter by making a gift today.

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