Laura's Corner

I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Energy Assistance

Usually I write about relationships, life, etc, but I thought it was time to step outside my box and write about something new.  It may not be new to everyone, but I thought it would be helpful for this time of year. 

 At 1304 S 70th St you will find Maximus.  I am sure many of us have driven down 70th past Greenfield Avenue.  Alot of us are used to the structures and really do not pay attention to some of the businesses in the area.  Maximus is a place where persons who live in the surrounding areas can go for assistance.  

A girlfriend of mine requested that I escort her through her endeavor of obtaining energy assistance.   She was told the doors open at 8am and you need a few documents in order to apply.  The day we went, she showed up and the security guard stated that the general person shows up at 6am to stand in line to be one of the limited persons who receive assistance for that day.   We returned the following morning at 6am and there were already 23 people in line.  The first person in line had gotten to the door at 3:15am and had camped out with a pillow and a blanket.  An employee showed up and informed everyone in line that they may only be taking their normal 20 applicants for that day.  She stated she would come back later and let us know an exact number.  We waited for another 1 1/2 hours all the while getting to know other persons who awaited their fate as well.   The employee came back out and stated they would take the first 17 people for the morning and an additional 16 people in the afternoon at 1pm. 

We were in the 2nd pack so we went to breakfast and came back at 1pm.  At that time, they take one person at a time and there is no time limit per person.  We were called in within 45 minutes and got through the process fairly easily.   I have to state that everyone in the office was very professional and helpful during the entire process.  I give everyone in the office two thumbs up for their attention to detail and the fact they do want to help everyone who shows up for assistance.  Although the morning wait was very lengthy, I think everyone that has received assistance should be more than grateful that they are able to receive this type of service and keep their electric and gas connected as well. 

For further information I would suggest calling Maximus at 414-607-7472 or simply stop by the office.  At the office, they also have other types of assistance as well.  All of it is to help people in their time of need and also get them back on their feet with different types of training.  They also assist with food stamps, health care programs, a child support program, refugee cash assistance and a W-2 program as well.   If you require further help, it may require making an appointment and going to a different office depending on what your particular needs are. 

I can honestly say that although I have never required assistance, I would not hesitate to use these services if I was in need.  Please do not allow your pride to get in the way if it depends on your families welfare.   Just imagine if we did not have these services.  Many people would be without food, housing, etc.   If life has thrown you a curveball, knock one out of the park and do what is best for everyone in your household. 


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