Finding Courage

People who truly care.

In 1954 Alfred married his high school sweetheart, Grace. They decided to settle in Middletown after Alfred was hired by a prestigious Newport engineering firm. The couple bought a modest house, and started a family.

Although it’s been more then 60 years, Alfred and Grace still live in that small New England Cape. Their three daughters moved away after college, but Scott, their son, stayed in Rhode Island. As a child, Scott was frequently in trouble — a pattern that continued into adulthood.

After not speaking to his parents for nearly three years, Scott knocked on their door. It wasn’t long before he was pawning his mother’s jewelry, stealing their social security checks, and threatening them.

After several months, Grace built up the courage to call the Department of Elderly Affairs. A social worker came to the house — after a short investigation, Scott was arrested and charged with theft, fraud, and elderly abuse.

During this difficult time, they were unable to pay the gas bill. The Department of Elderly Affairs turned to Good Neighbor Energy Fund — who were happy to help. Alfred and Grace take comfort knowing there are people in their community who truly care.


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

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